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Mozart: Symphonies Nos 35-41 / Böhm, Berliner Philharmoniker


Release Date: 01/23/1996 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 447416   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 27 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These performances come from the first ever complete set of the Mozart symphonies, dating from the 1960s, and they still represent 'big orchestra' Mozart at its most congenial. The contrast here between Bohm's sparkling Mozart, both elegant and vigorous, and the much smoother view taken by Karajan with the same orchestra, works almost entirely in Bohm's favour. Interpretatively, these are performances very much of their time, with exposition repeats the exception (as in the first movement of No. 40) and with Minuets taken at what now seem lumbering speeds. Yet slow movements flow easily, and finales bounce along infectiously. Consistently they convey the happy ease of Bohm in Mozart, even if the recording is beefy by today's standards, not Read more as transparent as one now expects in this repertory, whether on modern or period instruments.

There is some inconsistency between the different recordings, all made in the Jesus-Christus Kirche in Berlin between 1959 and 1966. The best sound comes from the sessions in 1966 for the Linz and No. 39 – satisfyingly full with no edginess on violins – and the least good from 1959 for the Prague, where high violins sound rather fizzy. Yet the very precision of the CD transfers encourages one to highlight such points. In practice most collectors will find the sound more than acceptable enough in all six symphonies to convey the warmth of Bohm in Mozart without distraction. Peter Cosse contributes an informative note on Bohm, rightly bringing out his ''natural, unforced approach to Mozart'', but much of the booklet is given over to advertising the other issues in The Originals series. After all, what harm is there in encouraging nostalgia by making the CDs look like vintage LPs and by reproducing the original sleeve designs?

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [11/1995]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1959 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 17 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 36 in C major, K 425 "Linz" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1966 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 24 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1959 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 25 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1966 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 25 Minutes 9 Secs. 
5.
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 
Date of Recording: 12/1961 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 26 Minutes 20 Secs. 
6.
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 
Date of Recording: 03/1962 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 27 Minutes 7 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.35 In D, K.385 "Haffner": 1. Allegro con spirito
Symphony No.35 In D, K.385 "Haffner": 2. Andante
Symphony No.35 In D, K.385 "Haffner": 3. Menuetto
Symphony No.35 In D, K.385 "Haffner": 4. Finale (Presto)
Symphony No.36 in C, K.425 - "Linz": 1. Adagio - Allegro spiritoso
Symphony No.36 in C, K.425 - "Linz": 2. Andante
Symphony No.36 in C, K.425 - "Linz": 3. Menuetto
Symphony No.36 in C, K.425 - "Linz": 4. Finale (Presto)
Symphony No.38 in D, K.504 "Prague": 1. Adagio - Allegro
Symphony No.38 in D, K.504 "Prague": 2. Andante
Symphony No.38 in D, K.504 "Prague": 3. Finale (Presto)
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)
Symphony No.41 In C, K.551 - "Jupiter": 1. Allegro vivace
Symphony No.41 In C, K.551 - "Jupiter": 2. Andante cantabile
Symphony No.41 In C, K.551 - "Jupiter": 3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
Symphony No.41 In C, K.551 - "Jupiter": 4. Molto allegro

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