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Reviews: Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 5 - Adam Fischer

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Review by Edvin February 21, 2007 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
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In the western world spring is hiding behind the next corner, and I can think of no better way to greet it than with this sacd. Young Mozart alive and well, full of youthful spirits and airs.

The obvious comparison is Marriner, well treated by Pentatone. I was brought up on those and I love them to bits. But Adam Fischer and his Danish Radio Sinfonietta is much more up to date, more sensitive to the nuances in the young composers works. Marriner is a more romantic sailor, he emphasis the melody at all costs. Adam Fischer sees a more complete picture and sort of adopts the "less is more" idiom. This does not mean that he is less expressive or less impulsive, rather I would say that he is less romantic and more historically correct in pointing out the dance rhythms.

This is a labour of love from all participants and I cannot wait until the next instalment. When I listened to the Marriner for comparison they sounded a bit insensitive and almost over the top. If Fischer and Dacapo can continue what they have started we have some marvellous moments ahead.

In the booklet the conductor writes some wonderful things. Like for the symphony from May 1772, slow movement. "The flutes in the second movement sound like somebody caressing a face".

I really love this sacd and I have listened to it five times through this evening. It is an utter delight. For some strange reason it is in stereo only. Dacapo has promised that the rest of the series will be in multichannel.

There is a "thud" 7 seconds in, probably made by the conductor. Ater that all is a pure delight.

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Review by Charlotte July 24, 2007 (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
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Normally I do not bother to spend my time writing reviews - but this time I simply have to, at least considering that this little known ochestra (though it has a more well known chief conductor, Adam Fischer) really deserves to be visible in the enormous amount of Mozart recordings available to the consumers.
Among my at least 22 good Mozart cd's (Pinnock, Marriner among the favorites) it has simply become one of my absolutely best and most frequently heard recordings.
Though it might not be the most interesting part of Mozart's symphonies, this performance makes it woth while listening to, and it is simply hard to wait for the rest of the volumes.
Adam Fischer is (as it was the case with his Haydn recordings) in his very finest hour. The sonority of the strings are at first a bit fragile, but it makes room for the perfect balance between the string and wind, and more importantly it makes the phrasing so delicate that the compositional technique reveals it self as almost tangible. This is indeed a well playing orchestra and a strongly recomendable cd!

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