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Mozart: 'Mozart Arranged'

Magazine article Gramophone

Mozart: 'Mozart Arranged'

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Mozart

'Mozart Arranged'

Mozart Grand Sextet concertante (after K364) (a). Clarinet Quintet, K581 (a). Horn Quintet, K407 (a) (all in early-19th-century arrangements) Mozart/Grieg Piano Sonatasb--K283; K457; K533/494; K545. Fantasy, K475 (b) (b) Julie Adam, (b) Daniel Herscovitch pfs (a) Australia Ensemble @UNSW ABC Classics [M] [2] ABC481 0853 (148' * DDD)

The four Mozart-Grieg Sonatas have garnered more opprobrium than affection over the years but they still pop up occasionally. This release has the bonus, if that's the right word, of including the Fantasy in C minor, K475. Just so you know, I sit firmly on the cui bono? side of the fence, still wondering why Grieg, while admittedly going through the creative doldrums in 1877, didn't have anything better to do. For those not familiar with Grieg's arrangements, he leaves the original Mozart sonata intact for piano 1 while piano 2 plays his own countermelodies, canonic imitations and other devices using late-19th-century harmonic language. Sometimes this is done subtly and sensitively--if you know the sonatas you might even think it a clever and amusing exercise to hear Mozart Norwegianised--but too often it sounds, though obviously not intentional, as if Grieg is taking the mickey. …

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