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 gloriousRead 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.