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Penguin Guide, January 2009

MOZART: Symphonies Nos. 15 - 18 8.550874
MOZART: Symphonies Nos. 19, 20 and 37 8.550875

Nicholas Ward’s stylish Mozart series here offers six symphonies written in 1772. The orchestral string-phrasing is particularly elegant in slow movements (notably the wistful Andante of No. 15 in G and the charming melody which forms the centerpiece of No. 17), while the lively first movement of No. 18 in F effervesces neatly. Elsewhere Allegros are alert and strong. Excellent, full and well-balanced recording, though not ideally sharply detailed. No. 19 is scored for four horns, two in E flat alt, and they give added weight and character to the orchestral texture in outer movements. No. 20 is given extra brightness by a pair of trumpets. But it is the delectable Andante that catches the ear with its charming flute solo over muted violins. Mozart contributed just the rather grand opening Adagio maestoso to the symphony once mistakenly regarded as his No. 37. It is played most persuasively: this disc is well worth having on all counts.

Classical Good CD Guide, January 1997

"Nicholas Ward and the NCO bring their customary style and eloquence to this music"


"beautifully presented in a natural, spacious recording"

Classic CD

"the performances of the Northern Chamber Orchestra under Nicholas Ward are consistently stylish and engaged. This is well worth anyone's fiver!"

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