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Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus (Mackerras) – ‘Mozart: Requiem Mass in D minor, K. 626 (edited by Robert Levin)’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ is surely the greatest “what if” in the history of classical music. If Mozart hadn’t died before completing it, we could have had one of the greatest masterpieces of all time. read more…

Europa Philharmonia Budapest (Cobra) – ‘Mozart Overtures Album I’ A DVD-Audio review by Nigel Pond

Hodie is another label that I discovered while carrying out research on DVD-Audio labels prior to the launch of High Fidelity Review and is the label for HD Studios based in Paris. HD Studios is a multi-faceted operation covering production, post-production, DVD-A (and more recently SACD) mastering and authoring. read more…

BIS: Mozart Clarinet Concerto

BIS: Mozart Clarinet Concerto

Sweden’s BIS Records has released a new multichannel SACD featuring Mozart’s Concerto in A major for Clarinet and Orchestra, KV622 (1791) and Clarinet Quintet in A major, KV581 (1789). Martin Fröst is the basset clarinet/clarinet soloist accompanied by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta conducted by Peter Oundjian for the concerto and the Vertavo String Quartet for the quintet.

The e-mail from BIS says this about Martin Fröst:

‘Martin Fröst needs no introduction to BIS enthusiasts nor to the critics. “With extremely fine recording, marvellous solo playing and a real symbiosis between soloist and conductor, this triptych will be hard to surpass” was how Gramophone summarized his recordings of the “Benny Goodman” concertos (Copland, Hindemith, Arnold). Today Martin Fröst is, quite simply, one of the leading exponents of his instrument and sought-after all over the world. A final proof of this – if such a thing was needed – is that he this year was chosen by BBC Radio 3 to participate in the BBC New Generation Artists scheme.’

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BIS Records: Concerto in A major for Clarinet and Orchestra, KV622 (1791); Clarinet Quintet in A major, KV581 (1789)

Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra (Boni) – ‘Mozart: Symphonies’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Collectively known as ‘The Symphones’ , the music on this disc, which brings together Symphonies No.5 ‘The Hague’ and No.29, along with ‘Serenata notturna’ and ‘Eine kleine Nachtmusik’, was performed by the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra (formerly known as the Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra), an ensemble comprised of members of the world-famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. read more…

Telarc Releases Corrected SACD of Mozart Symphonies

Telarc has released the corrected pressing of Mozart Symphonies No. 5 and 29 by Marco Boni conducting the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra (PentaTone Classics 5186 002). This single inventory, Hybrid Layer Multichannel SACD was originally released in late April in the U.S. on the PentaTone Classics label. It was part of the initial release of PentaTone SACDs into the U.S. market by Telarc International. read more…

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