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Mozart: Symphonies No 39 & 40 / Bernstein, Vienna Philharmonic


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 413776   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

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. No. 39 pulses with life-affirming energy...the dark drama of No. 40 smolders just beneath the surface of the glorious Read more sheen of the Vienna strings. The strings also produce radiant tones in No. 39's first movement, where Bernstein points up the music's precursory hints of Beethoven's Eroica.

-- --Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
2. Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.39 in E flat, K.543: 1. Adagio - Allegro
Symphony No.39 in E flat, K.543: 2. Andante con moto
Symphony No.39 in E flat, K.543: 3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
Symphony No.39 in E flat, K.543: 4. Finale (Allegro)
Symphony No.40 In G Minor, K.550: 1. Molto allegro
Symphony No.40 In G Minor, K.550: 2. Andante
Symphony No.40 In G Minor, K.550: 3. Menuetto (Allegretto) - Trio
Symphony No.40 In G Minor, K.550: 4. Finale (Allegro assai)

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