Mozart: Divertimenti SCO Wind Soloists


26 January 2015
Gramophone Choice
Richard Wigmore

These performances wonderfully capture the charm of these Mozart chamber works, each instrument oozing a delightfully unforced sense of personality.

Like all the best ensembles in this music, they strike a nice balance between chamber-musical refinement and rustic earthiness. Natural horns lend a welcome abrasiveness to the tuttis; and the instrument’s variegated colours give an added piquancy to the horn tune that sails in out of the blue near the end of the first movement. Clarinets can be dulcet, as in the tenderly phrased Adagio, yet are not afraid to rasp and bite, to specially vivid effect in the sprightly second Minuet… the players balance polish, poetry and sheer bucolic enjoyment. The rare example of a Mozartian polonaise in K252 goes with a jaunty swagger (other performances I’ve heard are rather more decorous), while the lusty contredanse finales exude an impish glee. I fancy Mozart would have smiled in approval.”

‘The SCO Wind Soloists play the rare original scoring for six players – darker in timbre and sparer in texture – with brio.’ The Sunday Times

‘It is playing and music that exudes elegance, sparkles with joy and chuckles with good humour in a well balanced recording.’ BBC Radio 3 CD Review

‘Buy the disc and, and prepare to be charmed, amazed and delighted.’ M&M Music Shop

You’d be hard-put finding better wind ensemble playing.’ The Guardian

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