Dating from 1987, this recording of the Gran Partita is from the heyday of the Orpheus Chamber Orch. -- not that they have declined, but listeners are no longer amazed that an ensemble can sound so precise and unified without a conductor. In that sense, the Orpheus stood for an idea that they have long since proved. But is this recording up to the musical standards of the many readings from condcuted groups? In terms of balance and ensemble, nothing can be faulted. These New York wind players blend seamlessly without shoving each other out of the way, the usual problem when there is no leader to guide the balances. As individuals, they are also at the top of their game for virtuosity; I don't think I've heard better playing per se in this music.
But there's a small glitch: the performance is too tense at times, and a bit reminiscent of polished chrome. If you think a Mozart serenade should smile like a summer night, this may not be the ideal CD for you -- or me. I will stick with Klemperer, Stokowski, and above all the unmissable Furtwangler reissued by EMI. At the moment this Orpheus CD is selling for pennies on the used market here at Amazon. If it still is when you read this review, don't hesitate. This is first-class music-making that lacks little stylistically except for a touch more geniality.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 梱包サイズ : 14.09 x 12.63 x 1.37 cm; 80.32 g
- メーカー : Polygram Records
- EAN : 0028942306127
- レーベル : Polygram Records
- ASIN : B00000E3X8
- ディスク枚数 : 1