MOZART Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Sir Neville here collects a miscellaneous group of popular classical and baroque pieces in characteristically polished and elegant performances. The only roughness—and that deliberate—is in the extra toy percussion of Leopold Mozart's Cassation with its long-misattributed Toy Symphony. The anonymous extra soloists enjoy themselves as amateurs might, not least on a wind machine, but what I find very hard to take is the grotesquely mismatched cuckoo-whistle, an instrument which should readily be tunable for pitch.
Eine kleine Nachtmusik brings a performance plainly designed to caress the ear of traditional listeners wearied with period performance. The second movement Romanze is even more honeyed than usual on muted strings. The oddity of the Pachelbel item is that the celebrated Canon—taken unsentimentally if sweetly at a flowing speed—is given a reprise after the fugue. Warm, well-balanced recording.'