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Mozart: Symphonies 39, 40, 41, Bassoon Concerto / Immerseel


Release Date: 12/09/2003 
Label:  Zig Zag   Catalog #: 30501   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jane Gower
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These performances of Mozart's last three symphonies represent just about the best we can expect from the school of "historically informed performance," which is to say that they are extremely fine indeed. There are a couple of questionably fast tempos, such as the opening movement of the G minor Symphony, but then Mackerras was just as speedy, and even most fans of the period approach will be delighted to learn that Jos van Immerseel does not take every bloody repeat in the slow movements, a practice that almost always assures a healthy dose of tedium. In fact, under Immerseel the slow movements of all three symphonies (but that of the Jupiter Symphony especially) really sing and never lapse into static meandering.

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Internal balances also serve the music well. Perky woodwinds characterize the finale of Symphony No. 39, while the Jupiter's finale has plenty of contrapuntal clarity as well as good, firm presence from the trumpets and drums. Immerseel also manages to get the minuets to swing along with buoyant rhythms and zesty accents (particularly that in Symphony No. 39). In his hands, the music lives and breathes as it must, even given some of those breakneck tempos. As for the Bassoon Concerto, hardly one of Mozart's more involving or important works, soloist Jane Gower's appealingly fruity tone offers more than the usual amount of color and charm. It's never dull, which is quite a compliment. Excellent (if perhaps a touch too forward) recorded sound rounds out a production that by any measure counts as a complete success. If you're looking for stylish period instrument Mozart, you can't go wrong here.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Concerto for Bassoon in B flat major, K 191 (186e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jane Gower (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1774; Salzburg, Austria 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K. 543: I. Adagio - Allegro
Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K. 543: II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K. 543: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K. 543: IV. Finale: Allegro
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: I. Molto allegro
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: II. Andante
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: IV. Allegro assai
Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, "Jupiter": I. Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, "Jupiter": II. Andante cantabile
Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, "Jupiter": III. Menuetto: Allegretto
Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, "Jupiter": IV. Molto Allegro
Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K. 191: I. Allegro
Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K. 191: II. Andante ma adagio
Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K. 191: III. Rondo: Tempo di menuetto

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