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Penguin Guide, January 2009

As well as offering superb performances of the four regular concertos using revised texts prepared by John Humphries, the outstanding Naxos issue includes reconstructions of two movements designed for a horn concerto dating from soon after Mozart arrived in Vienna. The Rondo completed by Süssmayr is the version generally used as the second movement of K. 412 is Humphries’s reconstruction from sources recently discovered. It is fascinating too to have extra passages in No. 4, again adding Mozartian inventiveness. Micael Thompson plays with delectable lightness and point, bringing out the wit and inales, as well as the tenderness in slow movements. He also draws sparkling and refined playing from the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, very well recorded in clear, atmospheric sound.


"This is not just an excellent new bargain version of the Mozart horn concertos, superbly played and recorded, but a most valuable example of Mozartian scholarship on disc...Thompson, for ten years the Philharmonia's first horn, is not only technically brilliant, but plays with delectable lightness and point"


"Thompson has established himself at once among my favorite exponents of these irresistible compositions"

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