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Mozart: Early Symphonies Vol 2 / Harnoncourt, Et Al


Release Date: 01/24/2006 
Label:  Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Catalog #: 75736   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This second volume of early Mozart symphonies features a really biting, vivid performance of the "little G minor" K. 183, with its prominent writing for four horns very well realized. The other treat comes in the form of the massive (more than seven minutes) Minuet K. 409, a magnificent work for trumpets and drums whose existence is often overlooked. The other major work here is the vibrant Symphony in G K. 199, a large piece in three movements lasting more than 20 minutes, composed in 1773. The remaining pieces are less consequential, and three of the symphonies here were fashioned from opera overtures: Ascanio in Alba, Il sogno di Scipione, and La finta giardiniera. As you might expect, they are all charming, and immaculately Read more crafted.


Harnoncourt conducts all of this music with evident affection and a welcome absence of affectation. It's fun to hear how he treats minuets: you never know how the trio will relate to its surroundings, but somehow whatever Harnoncourt does always sounds right. It almost goes without saying that the playing of the Concentus Musicus Wien is excellent; the rich, fruity quality of the woodwinds sounds particularly fine in this music, and the sonics are terrific. In short, this is a very appealing release, and it's nice to see these early symphonies coming in a two-disc-per-set format rather than a single big box. This gives you the opportunity to savor each work without feeling obligated to wade through a ton of similar-sounding stuff in one shot.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 47 in D major, K 97 (73m) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Rome, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (12/1999); Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (12/2000) 
2.
Symphony no 48 in D major, K 120 (111a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Milan, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (12/1999); Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (12/2000) 
3.
Symphony no 15 in G major, K 124 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 14 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (12/1999); Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (12/2000) 
4.
Symphony no 50 in D major, K 161/163 (141a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773-1774; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (12/1999); Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (12/2000) 
5.
Symphony no 22 in C major, K 162 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (12/1999); Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (12/2000) 
6.
Symphony no 26 in E flat major, K 184 (161a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (12/1999); Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (12/2000) 
7.
Symphony no 27 in G major, K 199 (161b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 22 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (12/1999); Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (12/2000) 
8.
Symphony no 25 in G minor, K 183 (173dB) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Written: 1773 
Length: 27 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (12/1999); Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (12/2000) 
9.
Symphony no 51 in D major, K 121/196 (207a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1774-1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (12/1999); Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (12/2000) 
10.
Minuet in C major, K 409 (383f) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (12/1999); Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria (12/2000) 

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