Author: J Scott Morrison (Middle..
This DVD of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie (German Chamber Symphony) features not only two different conductors leading two different Mozart symphonies in two different halls, it also features two virtually different orchestras of that name. Although both were recorded in 1991, it is clear from even a cursory look that the personnel of the orchestra had changed dramatically between the two recording dates. Perhaps this is because the Kammerphilharmonie is a young orchestra--most of the players look to be in their twenties--that grew out of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie (Young German Philharmonic), or rather changed its name in 1987 to the current title. And it may indeed be that drastically changing personnel is part of the tradition with the group, I simply don't know. But I do know that the orchestra that plays under Zinman is the better sounding of the two. It doesn't help that the acoustic of the hall for the first of these two symphonies, the 'Prague' Symphony, K. 504,...Read more