Mozart, Myslivecek: Flute Concertos (SACD)

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Ana de la Vega, English Chamber Orchestra

With sensuous melodies and elegant virtuosity, Mozart’s Flute Concertos in G major (K. 313) and D major (K. 314) are the most cherished pieces composed for the instrument. Here they are brought together with the recently rediscovered Flute Concerto in D major by Josef Mysliveček, Mozart’s esteemed Bohemian contemporary. Released together with the Mozart Concertos, this rare, exciting work is finally on the market again.

The soloist is none other than the actual person who rediscovered Mysliveček’s hidden treasure: flautist Ana de la Vega, who, as a successor of the great French school of Flute playing, possesses that captivating full tone coupled with exquisite legerity. On this PENTATONE release, she teams up with the English Chamber Orchestra, one of the most celebrated Mozart orchestras in the world.

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BBC Music Magazine

5 Stars

"Some misleading claims have been made in her championing of the work…Putting these aside, one may still warm to both de la Vega’s advocacy and her execution, full of fleetness of phrase and appealing purity of tone; the more so since by the highest standards of the period, including Mysliveček’s own, the Concerto comes across as slightly lacking in originality…In the two Mozart concertos the solo playing possesses the same charm and freshness."

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Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K314

Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K313

Myslivecek: Flute Concerto in D major

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Although not as well-known as his Concertos for Violin or Piano, Mozart’s two Flute Concertos are the embodiment of the clarity and melodiousness that characterise his music. Australian flute player Ana De La Vega performs these works with an expressive limpidity and flourish, and her ensemble, the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Stephanie Gonley, match her approach faultlessly.

Continuing this delightful disc is the much less familiar Myslivecek Flute Concerto that Ana De La Vega has revived after the rediscovery of the score in 1943. Cut from the same cloth as the Mozart, this is a welcome addition to what is, in all honesty, a rather small canon, and Ms De La Vega plays it with the appropriate panache and commitment. Being a Pentatone release, the issue is of a hybrid SACD recording and the sound quality is impeccable.

- The Classical Music Collector, Chris Dench