Mozart: Serenade in B-flat Major for 13 Winds "Gran Partita"
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This familiar music has now been recorded many times, but seldom as effectively as it is here. Sir Charles Mackerras is a superb Mozartean, and this performance just brims with life. The rhythms are crisp and clearcut, the phrasing loving, and the balances consistently superb. Telarc's recording, with its lifelike presence, is another positive factor. The only possible complaint about this disc is the half hour of empty space which could have been used for more Mozart. --Leslie Gerber
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Well, that was several years ago that I first saw the film and now I'm the proud owner of the Philips Complete Mozart Edition yet I still always find myself buying Mozart Cd's of works that I truly love (can one have enough of such great music?). It goes without saying that The Gran Partita, Mozart's 10th Serenade is one the best works of his earlier period (basically anything before K. 400 or so) and actually one of his best pieces of music period.
This performance pretty much does everything absolutely right. I can't help but think this is the exact music Salieri would've heard in his head when he said that quote. And even after hearing it hundreds of times I literally melt every time the adagio plays. But the rest of movements are just as close to perfection. I must say that this version even bests the one in the Complete Mozart Edition, but I'm glad I have both.
In short, I highly recommend this to anyone who loves Mozart and this piece in particular. I do wish they would've put another work on hear to compliment the Gran Partita though. Perhaps the Haffner Serenade or even Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Despite the absense of any other work you still definitely get your money's worth form what's here. Highly recommended.
Apparently even Einstein was moved deeply by the Adagio.