WORKS: Symphony No. 39, K543; Sinfonia Concertante, K297b
PERFORMER: Berlin Philharmonic/Carlo Maria GiuliniHansjorg Schellenberger (oboe); Alois Brandhofer (clarinet); Norbert Hauptmann (horn); Daniele Damiano (bassoon)
CATALOGUE NO: SK 48064 DDD
Did Mozart really write the Sinfonia Concertante for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and Orchestra! While the academics go on arguing, the Berlin Philharmonic and Carlo Maria Giulini have produced a consummate performance of this embattled work.
In the opening Allegro the sensitive orchestral accompaniment complements the crisp work of the four soloists, but the highlight is the incomparably velvety Adagio. There is certainly no doubting the authenticity of Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 or the Berliners’ ability to give a razor-sharp performance.
The opening movement here is flinty, almost brusque, but in the second, the Andante, this gives way to tenderness and breathtaking ensemble. The joyful mood of the sunny third movement is carried through to the final Allegro to round off this wonderfully full-bodied work. Tessa Williams