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Mozart: Serenade K.361 'Gran Partita'; Haydn: Notturno No. 8 Hob. II:27 / Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ens., Trevor Pinnock

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Gran Partita
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Nocturne for 2 Hurdy-Gurdys and Orchestra in G major, H 2 no 277
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Trevor Pinnock adds to his hugely impressive Mozart discography with his first recording of the composer's great wind masterpiece. For over four decades Pinnock's name has been virtually synonymous with the early-music movement and, with a critically acclaimed Deutsche Grammophon discography of almost all the composer's orchestral works, Mozart. Pinnock brings his wealth of experience to inspire fantastically insightful performances of two favourites by two Classical masters performed here on modern instruments with the very best of the next generation of wind players: the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble. The 'Gran Partita' is Mozart's largest and arguably his most innovative instrumental work; it demonstrates the sensitivity of the colours of wind instruments in a score of unsurpassed variety. The driving principles are sonority, colour, texture, concertante effects, the juxtaposition of contrasting styles, and the mutability of musical ideas. The nocturnes of Mozart's mentor Haydn magnificently blend the timbres of strings and woodwind with unerring dramatic instinct. The work has all the scintillating argumentativeness and wit that one might expect of mature Haydn, whilst the central Adagio is sublime in its fragility. Trevor Pinnock is recognised worldwide as a harpsichordist and conductor who pioneered performance on historical instruments with his own orchestra, The English Concert. In 2006 Pinnock founded the European Brandenburg Ensemble to celebrate his 60th birthday; their recording of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos was awarded a 2008 Gramophone Award. He works regularly with orchestras such as Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2016 Pinnock released Journey, a unique harpsichord recital that charts two incredible musical journeys four hundred years apart.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016
Trevor Pinnock knows a thing or two about Mozart and imparts to his youthful charges from the Royal Academy of Music all his enthusiasm for the Salzburger's greatest serenade. There's no other way to attempt this music that with a sense of playfulness and, in the two slow movements, deep inwardness, and on the whole these soloists match Mozart's expectations and provide a compelling performance.

The Guardian, 6th May 2016
Chamber music for winds doesn't get better than the mighty Gran Partita - 50 minutes of Mozart at his most sublimely tuneful and blithe. And from their glowing first chord to the extravagantly mellow colours of the variations to the deft fizz of the finale, this is seriously impressive playing from students of the Royal Academy of Music under Trevor Pinnock.

MusicWeb International, July 2016
Pinnock and his team give a highly accomplished and enjoyable performance...This is a delectable disc; especially recommended for listening on a warm summer's evening with a glass of some suitably chilled liquid at your elbow.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St George's, Bristol, UK (04/16/2015-04/18/2015).



Reviews

Outstanding performance of Mozart’s K.361 and Haydn’s Notturno No. 8!
This recording contains two works, one from Mozart (“Serenade in B-flat Major, K.361, “Gran Partita”) and one from Haydn (Notturno No. 8 in G Major, Hob 11:27), performed by the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble under the guidance of Trevor Pinnock. And my goodness, is this an outstanding SACD to listen to. The performances themselves are just simply excellent, but that is to be expected from these musicians. But boy do they deliver!

The Mozart is a 7 movement work that features dynamic writing and playing by the clarinet, bassoon, and basset horn (not to mention the “standard” horns). But what is most striking is the ensemble work, and the way each of these amazing musicians makes their parts fit together seamlessly and completely. You can’t listen to the 5th movement (“Romance: Adagio”) without being struck by this – it’s incredible writing, and unbelievable musicianship. It just doesn’t get any better than this. And the 7th and last movement (“Finale: Molto Allegro”) is an energy filled thing of beauty and virtuosity – the musicians are having fun, and you can hear it in every single note. Glorious!

As for the Haydn, it too is delightful, the sprightly and intellectual give and take between the various instruments making this listener smile and tap his foot. The opening movement captures the mind and prepares you for the slower Adagio second movement (which in and of itself, is such a well constructed slowly developing ensemble piece that just listening to it unfold is pure bliss), while the third movement (“Finale: Vivace assai”) is just a treat to listen to, pulling elements from the first two movements together into a jaunty emotionally satisfying close.

The liner notes are particularly well written, and provide excellent and informative background on both the Mozart and Haydn works, as well as the Royal Academy of Music. This is an amazing recording, and the music is just flat out incredible – and the music making is of the highest order. Highly recommended!

Submitted on 07/10/16 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Gran Partita
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Ensemble: Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble
  • Notes: St George's, Bristol, UK (04/16/2015-04/18/2015)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1781

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Nocturne for 2 Hurdy-Gurdys and Orchestra in G major, H 2 no 277
  • Conductor: Trevor Pinnock
  • Ensemble: Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble
  • Notes: St George's, Bristol, UK (04/16/2015-04/18/2015)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: by 1790