Lightness of interpretation
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Harnoncourt's refinement and lightness of interpretation, the orchestra's
firm yet delicate playing and the rewarding acoustic make this an appealing
re-issue by Warner Classics of recordings that have worn well and have a
particular interest in the classical cycle. The recording of the Clock
Symphony was made in 1988 and the E-flat Symphony two years later, both at
the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
In the Adagio of No 99 there is some lovely
wind playing (having all the repeats allows it to be savoured) and there is
no fear of brisk tempi with the orchestra's precise string playing in the
[listen -- track 4, 0:00-1:05].
No 101 is just as exciting: the opening Presto
[listen -- track 5, 1.55-2.45]
and that brittle and crisp Minuet
[listen -- track 7, 0.27-1.23]
give robust sturdiness to performances that are well worth acquiring.
Copyright © 22 January 2005
Patric Standford, Wakefield UK
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