Si vous cherchez une biographie de Mozart, passez votre chemin: la partie consacrée à l'homme Mozart occupe moins du quart de l'ouvrage et procède non chronologiquement mais par thèmes pour cerner le personnage. Vous pourrez toujours en français, si vous en supportez le ton à la fois idéologiquement engagé et larmoyant, vous replier sur le 'Mozart' de Brigitte Massin chez Fayard.
Mais si ce qui vous intéresse avant tout c'est l'oeuvre de Mozart, précipitez-vous sur ce livre. Ses limites ne lui permettent certes pas d'analyser les partitions dans le détail et certaines positions ont vieilli (Mozart, l'enfant éternel!…)
Franz Krommer (1759-1831) was a prolific and very good composer, whose music is now being resuscitated with great and deserved success. It was difficult to be a composer in Vienna at the same time as Beethoven and Schubert, and most of their contemporaries have not survived the pressure. But Krommer managed to retain his personality and originality, becoming the last official director of chamber music and court composer to the Habsburg court under the conservative Emperor Francis I. The first of the two symphonies was published in 1803. Among its many interesting features is a haunting litde trio in the form of a waltz. The second work is much later, with four horns and three trombones, and is in C minor, but ending in the major. In both works, Krommer's knowledge of, and predilection for, the wind instruments is notable. The two works were well worth recording, especially with such felicitous performances and bright, pleasing recorded sound.
This double-CD budget set brings together two performances by Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha, collaborating both times with Georg Solti as conductor. Each disc includes a pair of Mozart piano concertos. The music on the first CD, recorded in 1985, has never been released, because, the booklet asserts, post-production work was needed to clean up the acoustics.
Two great recordings of two of the greatest choral works. Karajan and Levin swoops the standards of tempi, phrasing and intens music making. Karajan's finest recording of the Requiem. Levin sets the bar a milestone higher. Remastering of the Requiem is confidentional good. Sound quality of K327 is superb.