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Liveliest recording of Mozart's Nachtmusik
« on: August 01, 2015, 11:19:46 PM »
Hello! I've recently rediscovered how good Mozart actually is so I became obsessed with his Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Not sure if it has been discussed on this forum already, but I'd really like to hear the liveliest possible recording of it with a bunch of contrast. I know it's "little night music" but I want it to be bursting with energy, as if it was "big day music", just feels right to me, all bad jokes aside. The closest I found was the link below, which is only the first movement. The sequence from 1:03-1:18 is especially important to me, just feel that not playing that part with a lot of contrast is a total, utter, complete waste. But that's all very subjective so I'd just ask for your thoughts and for your finds since I haven't listened to that much Mozart being busy with other less or more known composers most of the time. Cheers!

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/aicziP0kQ0E" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/aicziP0kQ0E</a>

Only the first movement, again, but this one is to my liking as well:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/Ahie7HZTMgg" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/Ahie7HZTMgg</a>

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Re: Liveliest recording of Mozart's Nachtmusik
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2015, 05:25:49 AM »
Not sure if it has been discussed on this forum already, but I'd really like to hear the liveliest possible recording of it with a bunch of contrast. I know it's "little night music" but I want it to be bursting with energy

Try Tafelmusik, conducted by Bruno Weil. He blows the cobwebs off this too familiar piece. Samples can be found here:

http://www.amazon.de/dp/B00ERE9TMK/ref=dm_cd_album_lnk


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Re: Liveliest recording of Mozart's Nachtmusik
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2015, 08:09:04 AM »
Try Tafelmusik, conducted by Bruno Weil. He blows the cobwebs off this too familiar piece. Samples can be found here:
http://www.amazon.de/dp/B00ERE9TMK/ref=dm_cd_album_lnk

It's bursting with energy alright, seems very well played and quite a bit of contrast. The sequence I mentioned as important in the first post has a good crescendo at the end, but at the start they play the same part without any difference, I can't live with that (the melody on the start of the sequence, if you can sing: so-do-ti-la-so-la-so--so-so-so-so-so-la-so x2). I'll try to find it and listen to the rest since it still seems really good. Thanks Sarge.

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Re: Liveliest recording of Mozart's Nachtmusik
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2015, 09:39:30 PM »
I'm listening the the Szell / Cleveland orchestra recording in the Szell Original Jacket remastering.The section you mentioned seems to be played with vigor and contrast to me.

I used to be obsessed with ENK and have 24 versions on my computer now.  I might have lost a few LP versions.

I like a lot of them including the Tafelmusik recording that Sergaent Rock mentioned.  Other I love include I Musici, Vegh and Walter.

Still, the Szell recording remains the one I play most often. 

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Re: Liveliest recording of Mozart's Nachtmusik
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2015, 12:41:09 AM »
Most interesting, Bill.

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Re: Liveliest recording of Mozart's Nachtmusik
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2015, 02:27:08 AM »
I've listened to all of them and I like Vegh the most. He has superior phrasing, the music moves you, at least me, and quite literally so.
I'd call it a tie between Vegh and the recording I linked in the first post (the second link/video, conducted by Muir Mathieson):
 <a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/a5wZ6WzJZ0s" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/a5wZ6WzJZ0s</a> (this is the one I found from Vegh)
I feel as if they understand the music perfectly and do everything to compliment it as much as possible. I'll try to obtain both of them, in the meanwhile, if anyone thinks
there is a better recording be sure to post it here.
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