A quick check on Arkivmusic.com revealed over 80 releases of Mozart’s flute concertos in print. So why should anyone pay attention to this release?
Simple — the quality of the performances. Rune Most offer fresh insights into these well-known works.
Most plays a modern wooden flute. Its smooth, mellow sound is close to what Mozart was familiar with. But these are not early music performances.
The Odense Symphony Orchestra is a modern orchestra, with a modern orchestral sound. The blend with the wooden flute is an interesting one and makes these works seem more intimate, somehow.
The wooden flute also blends beautifully with the harp in Mozart’s double concerto, K. 299. Together the soloists create a sound that’s like the soft glow of candlelight.
Most performs his own cadenzas for the two flute concertos. These make his performances truly personal, and all the more engaging. He knows how best to show off his instrument while being faithful to Mozart’s material.
There are over 80 competing recordings of this music. I’d easily place this collection within the top ten.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Complete Music for Flute and Orchestra
Rune Most, flute
Sivan Nagem, harp; Odense Symphony Orchestra
Scott Yoo & Benjamin Shwartz, conductors
Bridge Records 9502A/B
2 CD Set