Notes & Reviews:
The first release in a new partnership between Classical Opera and Signum Records begins with Mozart's remarkable sacred singspiel Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots. The second disc in this 2 CD set is an enhanced CD, with an exclusive 10-minute feature on the making of the recording additional libretto and program note translations. Full German to English translations included in the booklet.
Gramophone Magazine, October 2013
Page and the Orchestra of Classical Opera have an unerring knack for making the most out of the young Mozart's characterful music...tenors Andrew Kennedy and Allan Clayton sing with an ideal synthesis of muscular directness and Mozartian elegance...[Worldliness's arias] are both sung with mischievous elan by Sophie Bevan.
BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013
The piece is performance to a high standard, with tenors Andrew Kennedy and Allan Clayton making the most of the Spirit of Christianity and the Half-Hearten Christian respectively. Soprano Sophie Bevan suggests all the pleasures of Worldliness, and soprano Sarah Fox exemplifies a compassionate Divine Mercy.
MusicWeb International, 27th November 2013
The relatively small orchestra, clear textures and buoyant pacing convinces the listener that this is no dull oratorio but a genuinely dramatic work...The whole cast are admirable...All sing with clarity and freshness, similar virtues to those displayed by the orchestra, and Ian Page's pacing is unerringly convincing.
American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The Obligation of the First Commandment was written by the 11-year old Mozart and first performed in Lent, 1767. The Signum performance is quite good, enlivened by the sharp, enthusiastic playing of the pungent instruments of the orchestra under Ian Page. The soloists are all effective. Outstanding are Andrew Kennedy, with his clean, ringing tenor, and the pure, bright soprano of Sarah Fox. The package includes a libretto with translation and good notes. At 85 minutes, the performance needs two discs. There are a couple of other good recordings available, notably Marriner on Philips, with Marshall, Blochwitz, Nielsen, and Murray. If you're curious about this particular example of early Mozart, the Signum will do nicely.
Recording information: Blackheath Halls, London, UK (08/29/2012-08/31/2012).
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Works DetailsMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots, sacred drama, K. 35
- Conductor: Ian Page
- Ensemble: The Orchestra of Classical Opera
- Notes: Blackheath Halls, London, UK (08/29/2012-08/31/2012)
- Running Time: 61 min. 7 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Written: 1767
Unspecified : [untitled CD-ROM track] Film "The Making of the Recording", French and Italian translations of notes
- Conductor: Ian Page
- Period Time: Modern