MOZART: Symphony No. 7a in G, K. 45a "Alte Lambacher." Symphony in G, KV deest "Neue Lambacher." Symphony No. 12 in G, KV 110/75b. Symphony No. 18 in E, KV 130. Symphony No. 20 in D, K. 133. Symphony No. 45 in D, K. 93/73n. Symphony No. 46 in C, K. 96/111b. Symphony No. 51 in D, K. 196/12. Symphony No. 7 in D, K. 45. Symphony No. 8 in D, K. 48. Symphony No. 9 in C, K. 73. Symphony No. 19 in E flat, K. 132. Andantino grazioso, K. 132 (alternative slow movement). Symphony No. 6 in E, K. 43. Symphony No. 48 in D, K. 111/120. Symphony No. 50 in D, K. 161/163. Symphony No. 51 in D, K. 121. Symphony No. 52 in C, K. 208/102. Symphony No. 55 in B flat, K. App. 214.
Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner, cond.
PENTATONE SACD PTC 5186462 (4 disks) TT: 3:59:49

HAYDN: The Creation
Amanda Forsythe, soprano; Keith Jameson, tenor; Kevin Deas, bass-baritone; Boston Baroque/Martin Pearlman, cond.
LINN SACD CKD 401 (2 disks) TT: 96:09

BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 30 in E, Op. 109. Sonata No. 31 in E flat, Op. 110. Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111.
Michael Korstick, piano
OEHMS SACD OC 664 TT: 67:47

Almost a decade ago this site welcomed Pentatone's issue of a single disk of Mozart "Youth" symphonies with Sir Neville Marriner and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, recorded in the early '70s (REVIEW). Now, finally, we have the remainder of these early four-track recordings of Mozart symphonies (including those already released) in a deluxe 4-disk set. And it is terrific. Marriner and his superb orchestra excel in this repertory and this set offers some of the most natural audio you'll ever hear. The only negative feature is that the booklet is glued into the case and quite awkward to use. Thank you Pentatone! I hope you have many other treasures such as this in your vaults.

Martin Pearlman and his magnificent period instrument Boston Baroque group have many superb releases on the Telarc, ranging from Baroque through contemporary, and many of these have been praised on this site. It has been some time since their last release on Telarc (all of them currently are available), and now they seem to have switched labels. This splendid Linn 2-disk set presents them at their peak of performance in a major work, Haydn's Creation. The recording was made in Mechanics Hall in Worcester, and the engineering staff I(headed by Robert Friedrich) has produced one of the most natural-sounding recordings of chorus and orchestra, with soloists perfectly balanced, a fine sense of presence throughout. Complete texts in German and English are provided. This is a major choral issue.

German pianist Michael Korstick (b. 1955) has been on the musical scene for more than four decades specializing in Beethoven and Schubert as well as ventures into the world of Kochlin and Milhaud. It seems appropriate for him to record all of the Beethoven sonatas, and with this SACD he completes his traversal ending with Op. 109, 110 and the mighty111. Audio is excellent although surround sound is hardly essential for a solo piano recording. Many major pianists have recorded the complete set including the historic Artur Schnabel recordings from the 1930s which have been magnificently remastered on Pristine Audio, reviewed on this site. And several of today's young pianists also have recorded all of the Beethoven sonatas; it would seem that Korstick's long association with the composer's music would lend particular authority and insight into his version.

R.E.B. (August 2012)