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Classics - Mozart: Symphonies No 25, 28 & 29 / Mackerras


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80165   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Prague Chamber Orchestra do not use period instruments and play at standard modern pitch, but under Mackerras's expert stylish guidance their approach here is about as 'authentic' as could be desired: articulation is pointed and clear all possible repeats (except for the second half of Andantes) are played, including those in da capos of Minuets- first and second violins are placed antiphonally; acciaccaturas replace appoggiatur as (causing some unexpected outlines) in the first movement second subject both of Symphony No. 25 and of No. 29, and a harpsichord continuo is said to be present, though except in the Andante of No. 28 it is undetectable at normal listening level. More importantly, the performances are finely shaped and full of Read more character—the enchanting A major (what a little masterpiece from an 18-year old!) graceful and charming- the C major all bustle and gaiety, with maximum effect produced by those horn summonses in the Andante (but how could the commentator say that none of these three symphonies includes a timpani part?); the G minor impassioned, with a fierce daemonic drive which, together with the second movement's con stant sighs, lends a certain plausibility to the theory that it reflects the grief (mentioned in one of Mozart's letters as well as one of his father's) felt at the death of an old Salzburg friend. (But did external events colour his music?)

The diffuse acoustics of the Hall of Artists in Prague are not ideal for this clean-limbed music: the start of the C major Symphony is noticeably over-resonant, and throughout the A major I kept wishing for the freshness and 'presence' that made the ASMF's Philips mid-price recording so delightful. But, comparisons apart, these are nevertheless very attractive readings.'

-- Lionel Salter, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 25 in G minor, K 183 (173dB) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1773 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Hall of Artists, Prague, Czechoslovakia 
Length: 24 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 28 in C major, K 200 (189k) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1774 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Hall of Artists, Prague, Czechoslovakia 
Length: 21 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 29 in A major, K 201 (186a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1774 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Hall of Artists, Prague, Czechoslovakia 
Length: 28 Minutes 25 Secs. 

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