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Robert Blocker is clearly an accomplished Mozartian with a supple technique. His account of K488 positively skips along without ever being spectacular, his rapport with the young musicians of the Yale Philharmonia (he is a Dean of Music at the College), well drilled by William Boughton, yielding a very smooth interpretation. So, too, in K413 with the Statera Quartet, formed of the orchestra’s co-principals, engaging chamber music with all five players in a model of cohesion. Peter Frankl’s appearance in K365 will delight his many admirers in the UK: his interpretative skills sound undiminished, the partnership with Blocker well practised.

If none of these performances can be considered market leader (even K413 in its chamber guise has half a dozen rival versions), this is still a quietly delightful disc, nicely recorded, though in K365 the two pianos together have a slightly clattery edge at times.

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