London Mozart Players / Harry Blech – The complete HMV stereo recordings, Vol. 2
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"A lovely CD" (Gramophone Choice)
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Recording date: 22-23 May 1954
5-7. Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491. [34:08]
Recording date: 22-23 May 1959
8-19. Twelve Minuets, K568 [23:16]
Recording date: 4 December 1956
The second volume in the series of recordings of the complete HMV stereo recordings made by the London Mozart Players and Harry Blech. This disc includes newly discovered Abbey Road Studio recordings from 1954 and 1956. All tapes were remastered at Abbey Road using original analogue session & masters. The London Mozart Players are the longest established chamber orchestra in the UK. Repertoire featured on this release includes the Symphony No.36, the Piano Concerto No.24 (featuring Louis Kentner at the keyboard) and the twelve Minuets of K568.
Gramophone Editor's Choice/reissue of the Month
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"Few remastering teams have attended to vintage tapes with more loving attention than First Hand Records... A lovely CD."
(Gramophone Magazine - Gramophone Choice: reissue of the month)
"It is the 12 Minuets that make this record worthwhile…. every contribution from the bassoonist Archie Camden is a delight… A souvenir of a conductor and orchestra that had something of its own to offer….” (Christopher Howell, Musicweb-International)
“First and foremost, this is enjoyable music-making, cleanly and clearly recorded… This is just about an ideal performance of Symphony 36… here’s not a cloud on the horizon in this set and Blech conveys it all both stylishly and with evident enjoyment. To sum up, Blech’s Linz symphony is excellent and ahead of its time while his Twelve Minuets offer plenty to enjoy” (Michael Greenhalgh, Musicweb-International)