Mozart: Gran Partita

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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.

‘Pinnock forges an extremely distinctive reading that brings out the inner polyphony in this outwardly non-polyphonic work... An often fascinating example of Pinnock’s way with Mozart’
AllMusic

‘These soloists match Mozart’s expectations and provide a compelling performance... a rather winning disc’
Gramophone

‘this is seriously impressive playing from students of the Royal Academy of Music under Trevor Pinnock... the ensemble sound is elegant and refined, and technically near immaculate’
The Guardian

‘delivered with aplomb by Pinnock and his group’
MusicWeb International

‘A Giant Box of Delights... a colourful, flexible tapestry of collegial excellence... I think this Gran Partita might just come with me to my desert island’
Jessica Duchen on Primephonic

‘This is a student ensemble, but you'd never guess; the sound has a delicious weight and richness. The instrumental colours are nicely blended... Effortless playing – a really enjoyable disc’
The Arts Desk

‘Maßstab für elegant und raffinierte Bläserkultur – Elegant and musically rich performances. The recorded sound is transparent and the CD very enjoyable’
Pizzicato

‘A cracking disc... It’s a lovely programme, excellently performed and beautifully recorded. I love this for its warmth, energy and insight and I can recommend it very warmly’
Sid‘s Classical Reviews

‘Die jungen Musiker meistern die hohen virtuosen Anforderungen mit scheinbarer Leichtigkeit (The young musicians meet the highly virtuosic demands with apparent ease)’
SWR2

‘In return for [Pinnock’s] authority and experience, they give him a warmth in their virtuosity that amounts, in Mozart’s very seductive Serenade, to sex appeal’
Audiophile Audition

Released in April 2016

Total Time: 61 minutes

Trevor Pinnock conductor
Academy Soloists Ensemble

For over four decades Trevor Pinnock’s name has been virtually synonymous with the early-music movement – and with Mozart, with his critically acclaimed Deutsche Grammophon discography of almost all the composer’s orchestral works.

Pinnock brings his wealth of experience to inspire insightful performances of two favourites by 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.

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Quote Guardian - lucid performances