Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 10
03 July 2013
David's Review Corner
Adam Fischer’s tenth volume of Mozart’s complete symphonies offer the most highly charged performances of the two popular works that we have on disc.Though played by a chamber orchestra these are very weighty accounts that have the feel of a big orchestra, and are much removed from the sound of period instrument ensembles. Fischer’s tempos are urgent without every sounding rushed, and though the slow Andantes are endowed with much beauty, I guess it will be the punchy sound of the outer movements that will linger in the memory. Dynamic contrasts are sharply etched throughout, though I am not quite sure that I would want to live with so much prominence given to the timpani in the outer movements. The string playing is warm and fulsome, and the woodwind are a particular delight in both works. Repeats are taken - as one would expect in such an important edition, and Fischer’s weighting between the various sections of the orchestra have been faithfully captured in sound quality that is clear and very pleasing.