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L. Mozart: Toy Symphony, Neue Lambacher Symphony


Release Date: 10/28/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570499   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Leopold Mozart
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



L. MOZART Symphonies: in G, G 8; in D, D 15; in A, A 1; in G, G 16, “Neue Lambacher.” Cassation in G, “Toy Symphony” Kevin Mallon, cond; Toronto CO NAXOS 8.570499 (69:15)


There are over 70 symphonies extant by Leopold Mozart, I have just Read more learned. I wonder if he would be pleased to realize that it’s his so-called “Toy Symphony” that is the one most generally known, and that it is commonly played to children. I hope he would be: who spent more time, or was more successful, at nurturing the musical capabilities of two children at least? This new collection inevitably includes the “Toy Symphony,” its toys sounding more prominently, even startlingly at times, than in the comparable recording led by Neville Marriner. It is possible it wasn’t even written by Leopold. On the other hand, the Symphony in G played here was once thought to be by Wolfgang. Mozart the elder, when he was “modern,” was confused with his son; when archaic, he has been largely ignored. I don’t think that is entirely unjust. Not surprisingly, even in the Symphony in G, Leopold sounds formal: he made no attempt that I can hear to sound the depths in his slow movements, for instance. Yet these are certainly pleasing works, a little formal, but well played by Kevin Mallon and the Toronto Chamber Orchestra. This seems to be the kind of disc that Naxos excels in: it’s a worthy addition to the catalog, historically interesting and pleasant besides.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony in G major, G 8 by Leopold Mozart
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Austria 
2.
Symphony in D major, D 15 by Leopold Mozart
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Austria 
3.
Symphony in A major, A 1 by Leopold Mozart
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1769; Austria 
4.
Symphony in G major, G 16 "Neue Lambacher" by Leopold Mozart
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1769; Austria 
5.
Cassation in G major "Toy Symphony" by Leopold Mozart
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1769; Austria 

Sound Samples

Symphony in G major, Eisen G8: I. Allegro
Symphony in G major, Eisen G8: II. Andante
Symphony in G major, Eisen G8: III. Menuetto
Symphony in G major, Eisen G8: IV. Allegro
Cassation in G major, "Toy Symphony": I. Allegro
Cassation in G major, "Toy Symphony": II. Menuetto
Cassation in G major, "Toy Symphony": III. Finale: Presto
Symphony in D major, Eisen D15: I. Allegro molto
Symphony in D major, Eisen D15: II. Andante
Symphony in D major, Eisen D15: III. Menuet
Symphony in A major, Eisen A1: I. Allegro
Symphony in A major, Eisen A1: II. Andante
Symphony in A major, Eisen A1: III. Allegro
Symphony in G major, Eisen G16, "Neue Lambacher": I. Allegro
Symphony in G major, Eisen G16, "Neue Lambacher": II. Andante un poco allegretto
Symphony in G major, Eisen G16, "Neue Lambacher": III. Menuetto
Symphony in G major, Eisen G16, "Neue Lambacher": IV. Allegro

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