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Robert J Farr
MusicWeb International, June 2012

The general views of Brixen, its parks, streets, characteristic buildings and various statues serve as an excellent introduction (CH.1). The interior of the Bishop’s Palace with its many fine decorative features and furniture are interesting whilst the mounted tiles of the Labours of Hercules are particular noteworthy (CH.2).

The first three Chapters are accompanied by the young Mozart’s Ninth Piano Concerto in E flat major, composed for the visit of the French pianist Mlle. Jeunehomme to Salzburg in January 1777. Its three movements, played with a light hand by Jenő Jandó, are wholly apt. Similarly his playing of Mozart’s final Piano Concerto No. 27, with its delicately repeated and ornamented final theme is ideal for the visits to the castles and particularly to the Chapel of Tirol Castle (CHs.4-5).

The mountain views that introduce CH.4, with those in bright sunshine contrasting with the peaks under snow and in dawn light, are impressive. Not as much, however, as the views of the locations amidst the jagged peaks and verdant valleys. There are many different views of the castle itself and the chapel (CH.5). Built in the twelfth century, and expanded two hundred years later under the Hapsburgs, its many carvings and Romanesque frescoes are memorable. One can but imagine the impact of the latter in their original vivid colours inevitably faded but still commanding six centuries later. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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