Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik & Posthorn Serenade
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What I find most special is Mackerras interpretation of the music, choosing lively tempos for the allegros, and steady andantes that don't drag too slowly. As in Mozart's time, all repeats are observed, giving the famous first movement a length of just over eight minutes (when the music is that good, you don't want it to end). The Posthorn Serenade is also excellent.
I fear that because of the sheer number of Eine Kleine recordings, this superb performance is often overlooked. If you like chamber music with a concert hall sound, this is the recording to purchase.
As to the performances, all I can say is "wunderbar!" The much lauded recordings of these works from Karl Böhm on Deutsche Grammophone (Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik No13; Serenade No9) are comparatively stodgy and s-l-o-w, though certainly attractive in their own right. After all, there's more than one way to play this music. However, despite his fine sense of musical architecture and orchestral balances, Böhm almost turns this light-hearted music into a sleeping pill substitute with his slow, measured tempos. In contrast, Mackerras' tempos are lively, upbeat, and invigorating; the playing of the Prague Chamber Orchestra is magnificent! After hearing Böhm's Posthorn Serenade, Mackerras' was like a refreshing splash in the pool, or maybe even a rousing slap in the face! In my opinion, this is the perfect reference recording for both of these well-worn but always welcome works.
Ein Kleine Nachtmusik was originally written with five movements, but one was somehow misplaced, and only four have made it through the generations. This old chestnut is one of Mozart's most beloved works.
The "Posthorn" Serenade is seven glorious movements, and is named for the Posthorn Solo, a feature of the sixth movement expertly crafted by the soloist, Zdenek Tylsar.
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As far as chamber performances of these works go, Mackerras and Prague are a good place to start; they give a delicate, but very musical performance which is well-balanced and weighty on this early 80’s digital recording. Recorded in Prague’s Rudolfinum, the smaller orchestra is given extra warmth and resonance in Dvorak’s Hall, as opposed to other drier studio recordings on the market. (Also, on my recording I noticed an occasional artifact that occurred throughout the performance which I originally thought was a clacky key on an instrument, but I now attribute to a close-miked, over-rosined string instrument; I have not noticed this on other reviews, so it could be my personal recording, but it distracted me). Regardless, I enjoy this recording as it is well performed, and it can certainly stand with Sir Neville Marriner's on Philips or Decca.
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