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Mozart Legendary Interpretations - Bruno Walter


Release Date: 02/27/1998 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 46511   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bruno Walter's splendid stereo recordings of the last six Mozart symphonies, made in Legion Hall, Hollywood in 1959 with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, are already available in a box set, and have been praised by me in these pages (CD CD45676, 7/90). Now we are given an alternative choice. The new issue has those same recordings of Symphonies Nos. 35 and 38-41, sounding very good indeed, and offering the •wisdom and humanity, breadth and vitality we expect from Bruno Walter in this composer. But No. 36 in C (Linz) is offered in an earlier 1955 mono version, recorded in New York at the same time as the famous rehearsals for that performance, previously known under the appropriate sobriquet "The birth of a performance" (issued Read more with the Linz on a two-LP set, 11/71-nla). This new set offers an edited recording of the rehearsals of the first, second and last movements, comprising 76 minutes. Here we discover for ourselves how Walter could slowly and methodically refine phrasing and tailor and sharpen rhythms, producing a genuine Viennese sound from a group of first-class American musicians, The mono recording of the Linz Symphony is of good quality: no apologies need to be made for it. The sound is more studioish than the rest of the series, but well balanced and does not lack resonance.

-- Gramophone [9/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
2. Symphony no 36 in C major, K 425 "Linz" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Linz, Austria 
3. Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
4. Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
5. Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
6. Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Bruno Walter's Mozart July 4, 2012 By Michael C. (St. Paul, MN) See All My Reviews "For those of us of a certain age, Bruno Walter's recordings of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Mahler became foundational in our musical lives. These recordings stand the test of time. It is a pleasure to hear Walter's Mozart again and though the recording fidelity isn't up to modern standards, the interpretations more than make up for this. Younger listeners who haven't discovered Bruno Walter are in for a treat. My one complaint - the packaging for shipping was inadequate and the crumby plastic CD container arrived in multiple pieces - not just the ordinary cracked cover that I've become adjusted to, but slivers of plastic. The CDs themselves were not damaged though. I'd recommend that Arkiv look into better packaging!" Report Abuse
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