'El concierto de flauta en Sanssouci', de Adolph Menzel: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach toca el clave junto al rey Federico el Grande, un consumado flautista, en presencia de Johann Joachim Quantz y Franz Benda
15-21. Berliner Philharmoniker; Karl Böhm, conductor; rec: 1970 (DG)
Harnoncourt’s earlier recording of the Posthorn Serenade was an uncharacteristically pale affair. His new account, on the other hand, is an absolute gem. The large-scale first movement is magnificently realized. And everywhere througout the performance there are little loving touches (is there another conductor alive with Harnoncourt’s ability to be rustic and refined at the same time?), and a sense of fun and sheer enjoyment imbues the proceedings from start to finish.
The older recording is included in the list for comparison, as is the only other account that can be mentioned in the same breath as the newcomer: Böhm’s 1970 recording with the Berlin Philharmonic.