Mozart: Serenade No. 3 - Janiczek

Mozart: Serenade No. 3 - Janiczek

Linn Records  CKD 287

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid


Mozart: March K.189, Serenade in D K.185, Rondo in C K.373, Adagio in E K.261, Rondo Concertante in B flat K.269, Divertimento in E flat K.113

Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Alexander Janiczek

Director Alexander Janiczek proves the perfect choice to direct the music of his fellow Austrian as he delivers a superb performance in this, his second, recording with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. A disc of wonderfully atmospheric music impressively and thoughtfully interpreted by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with original cadenzas by Alexander Janiczek.

K.185 also known as the Andretter Serenade is notable for being the first Serenade to include a solo violin, played here by director Alexander Janiczek. The Divertimento, or Concerto, K.113 is significant as the first time Mozart had written for the clarinet, an instrument that was to become highly significant in future compositions. The SCO's previous Mozart recordings have been critically acclaimed; ‘Mozart Wind Concertos' consistently received four and five star reviews and BBC Music Magazine named "Mozart Requiem" a ‘Benchmark Recording' in January 2007 whilst ‘Mozart Symphonies 38-41' won BBC ‘Disc of the Year' in 2010.

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Review by John Broggio - September 22, 2007

Listening soon after Mozart: Cassations - Kuijken is to enter another world, even though the music is still early Mozart.

The tempi and phrasing from Alexander Janiczek are similar to Kuijken but the forces at his disposal are different: Janiczek has as many violins as the whole of the ensemble that Kuijken employs and the larger ensemble uses modern instruments, although the meticulously follow the best HIP practices.

Whether one feels the larger scale is beneficial is obviously a matter for personal taste - one may rest easy though that the approach from the SCO is still light years from that (sometimes still) employed by the VPO. There is a lightness of touch and feeling of gracefulness that is most appealing.

Like Kuijken, Janiczek is also a violinist and a fine one at that. His chance to shine comes not only in the "Andretter" serenade (similar in style to the Cassations) but also the one movement concertante works for violin and orchestra. Whilst there will be some who would prefer to hear a more overtly romantic approach to the music that Julia Fischer provides on Mozart: Violin Concertos 3 & 4 - Fischer, Kreizberg, I think that the more direct approach is equally appealing, if not more so in this "simple" music.

The recording is very clear and has a lovely sense of space to all the notes, even in the most vivacious allegro. The Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh fortunately is not an overly resonant acoustic but rather adds to the bloom of the SCO's sound.

Copyright © 2007 John Broggio and


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