in Classical Music (Jun, 2018)
At once educational and thoroughly life-enhancing, this release enables us at last to contextualise Mozart’s wondrous Sinfonia concertante for wind (long the violin and viola’s unjustifiably downtrodden relation). There are various combinations of winds and orchestra here, Danzi’s Op 41 only having two soloists (flute/clarinet), while his E-flat contribution has the full quintet in Bodart’s arrangement. If Danzi’s melodic gifts are dwarfed by Mozart, his pieces remain fresh and appealing. The Munich orchestra’s accompaniments are texturally and rhythmically expert.
The Mozart comes up against the classic Karajan/Philharmonia version with its unbeatable line-up. This modern version offers solos as fresh as a daisy; in terms of sheer joy it is Karajan 2.0. …
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