Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Sir Neville Marriner, conductor.
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A group of captivating and enjoyable compositions from various phases of Mozart's life is heard in these delightful 1980s performances by Marriner and company. This lyrical and festive music was originally meant to enhance social gatherings, as opposed to being their focus. Of the little-known German Dances, Gramophone writes that "hardly any of this music ever gets an airing in the concert hall…. Marriner conducts this enchanting music with obvious affection…. The ASMF are in spanking form and offer some beautiful solo playing."
"Beethoven is always storming heaven, but Mozart lives there."—conductor Josef Kris