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MOZART: Serenade in B flat major, “Gran Partita”; HAYDN: Notturno No. 8 – Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ens./ Trevor Pinnock – Linn

MOZART: Serenade in B flat major, “Gran Partita”; HAYDN: Notturno No. 8 – Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ens./ Trevor Pinnock – Linn

MOZART: Serenade in B flat major, K. 361, “Gran Partita”; HAYDN Notturno No. 8 in G major – Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble/ Trevor Pinnock – Linn multichannel SACD CKD516, 60 mins. (4/8/16) (Distr. by Naxos) *****:  A fine hi-res surround recording of the Mozart Gran Partita, on modern instruments. The collaboration between Trevor Pinnock and the modern-instrument Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble proves to be mutually beneficial. He inspires 20 professionals  of tomorrow – and many already of today – to explore and flesh out their historically-informed stylistic instincts under the guidance of an iconic expert in the music he loves best. In return for his authority and experience, they give him a warmth in their virtuosity that amounts in Mozart’s very seductive Serenade, to sex appeal. That this is also the first time Pinnock, who has recorded a lot of Mozart, has recorded the big Serenade, makes it feel like the recording was close to his heart; it must have been particularly gratifying to have the opportunity to record with students whose own artistic profiles he had helped develop in the context of their historical research. Whether they played original instruments or not. The fact they they […]