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Mozart: Symphonies 36 & 40, Etc / Berlin Philharmonic


Release Date: 04/07/2008 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 60032   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I wondered at first why the Overture was placed last on this CD, until I listened to the performance. Here the orchestra don't get off to a very clean start: ensemble is not quite precise, and the playing takes a few bars to settle down. Then the effect is smoothly accomplished, with plenty of vigour. Of the two symphonies, No. 40 in G minor opens the disc attractively and we discover that the Berlin Philharmonic, without a conductor, display a nicely relaxed sense of Mozartian pacing and are enjoying the music enough to provide the first movement's exposition repeat. There is fine wind playing in the Andante and the string phrasing is warmly gracious, while the horns show pleasing finesse in the Trio of the Minuet.

The
Read more account of the Linz Symphony is also well-judged and the music making throughout the whole disc, although distinctly weighty in the first movement of the Linz, shows a proper Mozartian sensibility... The BPO are used to playing under conductors of strong charisma (Karajan was still at the helm when this record was made)...[but] there is never any feeling of inflexibility... The sound is full and nicely resonant without clouding inner detail...and is certainly enjoyable.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [11/1989]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 36 in C major, K 425 "Linz" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Linz, Austria 
3.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 

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