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Eloquence - Mozart: Symphony No 40 & 41, Etc / Böhm, Berlin


Release Date: 04/10/2001 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 469620   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These performances, drawn from Böhm's Mozart-symphony cycle of the early 60s, duplicate the couplings of the recently resurrected Krips pairing reviewed in our previous issue. Like Krips, Böhm opts for Mozart's original version of No. 40 without clarinets. But unlike the performances on that release, these are more conventional regarding repeats, observing only those of expositions in first movements. And although Böhm (like Krips) favors relatively broad tempos in No. 40, his more sharply etched profiling and stronger accents yield a more idiomatic and convincing account. And in the "Jupiter" he is even more commanding, favoring bracing tempos and displaying greater care with balances. As a result, richer detail is Read more exposed, and a far more idiomatic and aptly imperious reading results. Böhm had an obvious affinity for this score, as is attested by his five recordings of the work. If this one, the fourth of those five, does not quite have the focus and immediacy of his (third) version with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, it remains one of the best accounts of the early stereo era. With a slight treble reduction, the sound is virtually contemporary. For anyone seeking a relatively inexpensive pairing of these works, this disc can be recommended.

-- Mortimer H. Frank, FANFARE [9/2001]
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 26 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 27 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3. Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 13 Secs. 

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