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Mozart: Serenade No 10, 'Gran Partita', K361

Magazine article Gramophone

Mozart: Serenade No 10, 'Gran Partita', K361

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Mozart

Serenade No 10, 'Gran Partita', K361

LSO Wind Ensemble

LSO Live (M) [SACD] LS05075 (48' * DDD/DSD)

Recorded live at LSO St Luke's, London, October 31, 2015

Gramophone's classification (12/08) of the LSO as the fourth-best orchestra in the world always made me think of The Housemartins, who advertised themselves as the fourth-best band in Hull. Nevertheless--and can it really be almost a decade since that exercise was undertaken?--it still means that when its players are on top form, you'll barely get a better orchestral night out in London.

The same goes for its wind soloists, of course, 12 of whom come together with double-bassist Colin Paris for Mozart's irresistible Gran Partita. It's a goodly noise, rumbustious in the dance movements, sleek in the intensely wrought sonata form of the first movement, caressing in the slow music and almost vandalous in the yobbish rondo-finale. There's the excitement of the live performance, too--and this really is live and in-your-face. …

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