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Britten At Aldeburgh - Mozart: Symphonies 39 & 41, Concert Arias


Release Date: 01/28/2010 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 466820  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Peter Pears
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Both of the Mozart symphonies on [this] disc were recorded by BBC engineers, but only the Jupiter was done live at the Festival. By 1966 the BBC engineers were recording in stereo, and the warm acoustic of Blythburgh Church proves far more sympathetic than Jubilee Hall, even if the violins are on the thin side. No 39 and the two concert arias were recorded at the time of the Festival in 1952, but in a BBC studio. The mono sound is clear and well balanced, so that the timpani in the slow introduction to the symphony is crisply focused. Broadly, Britten's interpretations follow his usual pattern with expressively moulded slow movements set against outer movements on the brisk side. Aptly, he is more relaxed in No 39 than in the Jupiter, which Read more is above all strong and direct, bringing out the power of the writing in the first movement and finale, with expositions repeated - though not the second half of the finale. The studio acoustic does not help Pears in the two arias, with his vibrato exaggerated, though the poise and stylishness of the singing are a delight.

-- Gramophone [8/2000]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1966 
2.
Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
3.
Si mostra la sorte, K 209 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 
4.
Per pietà, non ricercate, K 420 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1962 

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