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Mozart: Symphonies 29 & 40; Eine Kleine Nachtmusik / Schiff

Mozart / Nachtmusik,Eine Kleine
Release Date: 08/10/2010 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 28589   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Heinrich Schiff
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Once past the first movement of the G-Minor Symphony, these performances are really very nice. The opening of the symphony, however, is taken at a breakneck speed that is really quite inappropriate to the main idea of the piece. Through the rest of the symphony, as well as the other two works on the disc, Schiff seems much more relaxed and elicits beautifully shaped and detailed playing from the Northern Sinfonia. No one can rival the warmth of Klemperer's performance of the Symphony No. 29, but Schiff comes awfully close—at least in the slow movement. The highlight of the disc is, however, the performance of “Eine kleine Nachtmusik.“ Under Schiff, as might be expected, the strings of the Northern Sinfonia play with great precision and Read more lovely tone. But there is also a great deal of care in the shaping of phrases and in the articulation of individual ideas. Listeners who have heard this piece hundreds of times will probably be quite surprised by how absorbing such a finely detailed performance of this familiar work can be. Even though Schiff takes all the repeats—including that of the second part of the opening movement—the energy and the sparkle never let up. With excellent sound, a bargain price, and at least one first-rate performance, this is a disc well worth investigating.

-- Richard Burke, FANFARE [9/1993] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Heinrich Schiff
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 29 Minutes 36 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 29 in A major, K 201 (186a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Heinrich Schiff
Written: 1774 
Length: 27 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3.
Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Heinrich Schiff
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 19 Minutes 11 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550: Molto allegro
Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550: Andante
Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550: Menuetto
Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550: Allegro assai
Symphony No. 29 in A K201/K186a: Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 29 in A K201/K186a: Andante
Symphony No. 29 in A K201/K186a: Menuetto
Symphony No. 29 in A K201/K186a: Allegro con spirito
Serenade No. 13 in G, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' K525: I. Allegro
Serenade No. 13 in G, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' K525: II. Romanze (Andante)
Serenade No. 13 in G, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' K525: III. Menuetto (Allegretto)
Serenade No. 13 in G, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' K525: IV. Rondo (Allegro)

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