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Mozart * Nielsen: Mozart Flute Concerto No 1

Magazine article Gramophone

Mozart * Nielsen: Mozart Flute Concerto No 1

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Mozart * Nielsen

Mozart Flute Concerto No 1, K313. Adagio, K315. Rondo, K373 Nielsen Flute Concerto Juliette Bausor fl Royal Northern Sinfonia / Jaime Martin Signum (F) SIGCD467 (56' * DDD)

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When it comes to recordings of Mozart's First Flute Concerto the choices of partner works are rarely of an originality to get anyone's pulse racing. A dead cert is usually the Flute and Harp Concerto, as is his Andante in C major. Then, having run out of Mozart repertoire written specifically for the flute, it's usually over to the spuriously named Flute Concerto No 2 that's really an arrangement of the Oboe Concerto, and the Rondo in D major that started life as a work for violin soloist.

These determinedly all-Mozart programmes make for undeniably pleasant listening but there's also a faintly depressing sense of resignation about them: 'Folks, we weren't exactly drowning in options here', etc. As a result, the fact that Juliette Bausor (Ensemble 360, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Principal Flute) has thought as far outside the box for a partner work as Nielsen's Flute Concerto of 1926 makes her recording instantly attention-worthy, and she and the Royal Northern Sinfonia have then cemented it with some very enjoyable performances. …

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