Mozart: Symphonies, Vol. 10

Ádám Fischer / Danish National Chamber Orchestra

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Mozart: Symphonies, Vol. 10 Review

by James Manheim

This is a later item in a complete series of Mozart's symphonies by Austrian conductor Adam Fischer, conducting the Danish National Chamber Orchestra. All the recordings in this series offer nourishment to be absorbed over repeated hearings, but this one may be optimal for those planning to acquire only a single volume of the set. It simply showcases the series at its best. The Danish National Chamber Orchestra, until now hardly a well-known group, crackles in Mozart's rapid runs, each one sculpted by Fischer in a rehearsal process that must have been grueling. The salient characteristics of Fischer's interpretations are all on display here, nicely done and in no way pushed too far: the quick tempos throughout, the sharp, vigorous attacks in the outer movements, the careful separation of the voices that shows the influence of historical performance although this is a modern-instrument band, and lastly the prominent use of the timpani, especially evident in the finale of the Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385 ("Haffner"), and in the slow introduction to the first movement of the Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504 ("Prague"). This emphasis on the timpani feels right, for it was a fairly new sound to Mozart's audiences, and nobody else has brought this into relief quite so clearly as Fischer. Overall, Fischer's approach, which might in contemporary parlance be called George Szell on steroids, is fully realized here, and Dacapo's studio Super Audio sound for all the world resembles a small orchestral concert hall of perfect dimensions for this music.

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