Top 10 recent Mozart recordings (updated 2017)

Gramophone Thu 13th July 2017

A selection of the finest Mozart recordings of the last two years

Today's musicians continue to find new ways of interpreting Mozart's music, of making it their own. The recordings below represent some of the finest Mozart recordings of the last two years, all of them were Editor's Choice recommendations in Gramophone and many were shortlisted for Gramophone Awards.

Mozart Violin Sonatas, Vol 3

Alina Ibragimova vn Cédric Tiberghien pf

Hyperion

'Tiberghien and Ibragimova come close to my ideal Mozartian duo, in performances that further whet the appetite for the rest of the series.' Read review

 

Mozart Mass in C minor

Bach Collegium Japan / Masaaki Suzuki 

BIS 

'Period-instrument C minor Masses get better and better. The bar was set in the mid 1980s by Gardiner and Hogwood, then raised in the new millennium by the likes of McCreesh, Krivine and Langrée. This new recording from Japan, which joins Suzuki’s scholarly and startling Requiem, is fully worthy to join them...' Read review

 

Mozart Piano Concertos K413-415

Kristian Bezuidenhout pf Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / Gottfried von der Goltz 

Harmonia Mundi

'Mozart encoded his memorial to JC Bach in the slow movement of K414 and Bezuidenhout plays this with a touching simplicity; elsewhere he is superbly responsive to the music’s high spirits and to the possibilities inherent in these scores...' Read review

 

Mozart Violin Sonatas, Vol 2

Alina Ibragimova vn Cédric Tiberghien pf

Hyperion

'It would be hard to imagine more persuasive performances than we have here from the ever-rewarding Tiberghien-Ibragimova duo...' Read review

 

Mozart Double Concertos

Lucas Jussen pf Arthur Jussen pf Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Neville Marriner

DG

‘Those moments where the two pianos toss a motif between each other sound for all the world like a single instrument. And each knows when to fine his tone down to pianissimo to let the other have his moment in the spotlight...' Read review

 

Mozart Il re pastore

Classical Opera / Ian Page

Signum

'Ian Page’s unobtrusive pacing of the pastoral mini-drama and sage weighting of orchestrally accompanied recitatives pull the listener along gently, and each of Mozart’s perfectly etched ritornellos is articulated with impeccable balance and shape...' Read review

 

Mozart Piano Concertos Nos 20 & 25

Martha Argerich pf Orchestra Mozart / Claudio Abbado

(DG)

'Her microscopic alterations of touch make even the most mundane run of semiquavers dance and sing.' Read review

 

Mozart Piano Sonatas, Vol 1

Christian Blackshaw pf

(Wigmore Hall Live)

'Blackshaw’s mindful yet spontaneous virtuosity and utterly alive music-making completely disarmed my scepticism.' Read review

 

Mozart Sonatas for Keyboard and Violin Nos 27, 32 & 35

Christian Tetzlaff vn Lars Vogt pf

(Ondine)

'Two musicians absolutely at the top of their game.' Read review

 

DVD/blu-ray

Mozart Die Zauberflöte 

Sols; Chorus of Dutch National Opera Netherlands Chamber Orchestra / Marc Albrecht 

(Opus Arte)

'A ‘people’s Magic Flute’ is how critic Mike Ashman describes this finely performed take on Mozart’s opera.' Read review

 

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