Notes and Editorial Reviews
Leonard Bernstein's Late Mozart Symphony recordings come from the 1980s when the market was deluged with "authentic" and "period" style offerings from the likes of Trevor Pinnock and Christopher Hogwood. Bernstein, never a slave to fashion, conjured up some wonderfully "old fashioned" performances, full of rich orchestral sonorities, generous helpings of vibrato, and unabashedly romantic pacing, phrasing, and rubato. That's not to say that Bernstein's renditions are stylistically inappropriate, for it's a palpable sense of joy in music making that comes across most strongly in these readings...life-affirming energy infuses No. 41, while the dark drama of No. 40 smolders just beneath the surface of the glorious
sheen of the Vienna strings.
Bernstein's rather gentle intro to No. 41 certainly doesn't launch the symphony like a rocket the way George Szell's classic recording does, but he invests the finale with a cocksure grandeur that is thrilling.
Even with the pile of Mozart symphony discs on the market, Bernstein's compelling renditions easily command your attention and warrant your purchase.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
Reviewing reissue of the late Mozart Symphonies
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria
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