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Mozart: The Complete Symphonies / Hogwood, AAM


Release Date: 09/03/2013 
Label:  L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog #: 4802577  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Number of Discs: 19 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set contains booklet notes written in Italian only.

L'Oiseau Lyre's Mozart: The Symphonies, performed by the Academy of Ancient Music under Christopher Hogwood, is the ne plus ultra of Mozart symphony sets. Many "complete" collections of this cycle omit Symphony No. 37 as the better part of it is composed not by Mozart but by Michael Haydn as the result of a backroom trade of compositions between the two old friends. Most do not address the Mozart symphonies that are considered doubtful or that fall outside the accepted canon of Numbers 1-41, and few more contain orchestral Mozart works related to his symphonic output but are technically not symphonies. Hogwood's set, however, contains everything of Mozart's
Read more symphonic or near-symphonic music -- excepting most opera overtures, dances, and divertimenti -- as was understood at the time of its release in 1997; it contains 19 discs originally packaged in smaller sets and recorded between 1978 and 1985. Hogwood also includes alternate scorings of symphonies No. 31, No. 35, and No. 40. The alternate of Symphony No. 40, the "Great" G minor, is particularly telling in that it is rewritten without clarinet parts and to some extent rescored. As it is in the later of the two versions, Hogwood posits that this incarnation represents Mozart's own last thoughts on the subject of this most famous of his symphonic works, although it likely won't supplant the familiar first version anytime soon.

All of the performances are grouped by their chronological relationship to one another and just where Mozart was when each symphony was composed -- London, the Netherlands, Salzburg, Italy, back to Salzburg again, Paris, and Vienna. Hogwood, as Neal Zaslaw's painstakingly detailed notes relate, has researched the makeup of specific orchestras in each place where these symphonies were composed and attempts to match them as closely as possible. Whether one hears the result of such diligent scholarship outside of the obvious variance in winds that derive from each score -- nine first violins in one orchestra versus eleven in another, for example -- is hard to say. However, Hogwood does manage to avoid the preciousness that typifies many recorded performances of Mozart's symphonies and his interpretations never sound broad or overinflated. They do not have the same intensity of purpose that one encounters in Trevor Pinnock's smaller 11-disc Mozart symphony set for Archiv, but not every listener who loves Mozart enough to invest in a complete symphony set is looking for "intensity." If Hogwood's general approach to such a wide range of material -- both authentic and seemingly inauthentic works -- can be typified in a word or two, perhaps "gravity" and "dignity" would be operative terms. Although he does not succeed in making the questionable "Odense" symphony sound like genuine Mozart, Hogwood does provide the little piece with as much of a sense of occasion as he can muster. This baseline of interpretive quality is maintained throughout the set, which contains many very satisfying, though essentially conservative, performances. Although the collection represents a mixture of analog and digital sources, it sounds pretty much the same all the way through.

As a set, the little box has its drawbacks. It is not, at first, easy to identify which disc is which from the discs themselves; a tiny superscript number in the upper left-hand of the disc is the only indicator one gets as to the volume number. No big deal if it were a smaller set, but for 19 discs this feature is none too helpful. Each disc is included in thin paper sleeves that identify the disc and contents in a taller point size, so don't let the CDs get too far away from these sleeves! Nevertheless, for an excellent CD set containing possibly every note Mozart composed in a symphonic context and then some, L'Oiseau Lyre's Mozart: The Symphonies easily earns a top commendation.

-- Uncle Dave Lewis, AllMusic.com
reviewing a previous issue of this set, L'Oiseau-Lyre 452496
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in E flat major, K 16 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1764; London, England 
2.
Symphony no 4 in D major, K 19 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1765; London, England 
3.
Symphony in F major, K Anh. 223 (19a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1765; London, England 
4.
Symphony no 5 in B flat major, K 22 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1765; Netherlands 
5.
Symphony no 44 in D major, K 81 (73l) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Rome, Italy 
6.
Symphony no 47 in D major, K 97 (73m) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Rome, Italy 
7.
Symphony no 45 in D major, K 95 (73n) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Rome, Italy 
8.
Symphony no 11 in D major, K 84 (73q) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Rome, Italy 
9.
Symphony no 10 in G major, K 74 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Milan, Italy 
10.
Symphony no 48 in D major, K 120 (111a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Milan, Italy 
11.
Symphony no 46 in C major, K 96 (111b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Milan, Italy 
12.
Symphony no 13 in F major, K 112 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Milan, Italy 
13.
Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebotes, K 35: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Salzburg, Austria 
14.
Apollo et Hyacinthus, K 38: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Salzburg, Austria 
15.
Cassation in D major, K 100 (62a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1769; Salzburg, Austria 
16.
Symphony no 9 in C major, K 73 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Salzburg, Austria 
17.
La Betulia liberata, K 118 (74c): Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Salzburg, Austria 
18.
Symphony no 42 in F major, K 75 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Salzburg, Austria 
19.
Symphony no 12 in G major, K 110 (75b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Salzburg, Austria 
20.
Symphony no 14 in A major, K 114 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Salzburg, Austria 
21.
Symphony no 15 in G major, K 124 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Salzburg, Austria 
22.
Symphony no 16 in C major, K 128 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Salzburg, Austria 
23.
Symphony no 17 in G major, K 129 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Salzburg, Austria 
24.
Symphony no 18 in F major, K 130 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Salzburg, Austria 
25.
Symphony no 19 in E flat major, K 132 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Salzburg, Austria 
26.
Serenade no 3 in D major, K 185 (167a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Vienna, Austria 
27.
Symphony no 20 in D major, K 133 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Salzburg, Austria 
28.
Symphony no 21 in A major, K 134 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Salzburg, Austria 
29.
Lucio Silla, K 135: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Milan, Italy 
30.
Symphony no 50 in D major, K 161/163 (141a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773-1774; Salzburg, Austria 
31.
Symphony no 26 in E flat major, K 184 (161a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Salzburg, Austria 
32.
Symphony no 27 in G major, K 199 (161b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Salzburg, Austria 
33.
Symphony no 22 in C major, K 162 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Salzburg, Austria 
34.
Symphony no 23 in D major, K 181 (162b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Salzburg, Austria 
35.
Symphony no 24 in B flat major, K 182 (173dA) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Salzburg, Austria 
36.
Symphony no 25 in G minor, K 183 (173dB) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Written: 1773 
37.
Symphony no 29 in A major, K 201 (186a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Written: 1774 
38.
Symphony no 30 in D major, K 202 (186b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1774; Salzburg, Austria 
39.
Serenade no 4 in D major, K 203 (189b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1774; Salzburg, Austria 
40.
Symphony no 28 in C major, K 200 (189k) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Written: 1774 
41.
Symphony no 51 in D major, K 121/196 (207a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1774-1775; Salzburg, Austria 
42.
Serenade no 5 in D major, K 204 (213a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
43.
Serenade no 7 in D major, K 250 (248b) "Haffner" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1776; Salzburg, Austria 
44.
Symphony no 32 in G major, K 318 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
45.
Symphony no 33 in B flat major, K 319 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
46.
Serenade no 9 in D major, K 320 "Posthorn" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
47.
Symphony no 34 in C major, K 338 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria 
48.
March in D major, K 408 no 2 (385a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
49.
Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
50.
Symphony no 36 in C major, K 425 "Linz" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Linz, Austria 
51.
Symphony no 31 in D major, K 297 (300a) "Paris" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Written: 1778 
52.
Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
53.
Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
54.
Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
55.
Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
56.
Symphony in A minor, K Anh. 220 (16a) "Odense" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1765; London, England 
57.
Symphony no 7a in G major, K Anh. 221 (45a) "Old Lambach" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1765-1766; The Hague, Netherlan 
58.
Symphony no 43 in F major, K 76 (42a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; ?Vienna, Austria 
59.
Symphony no 6 in F major, K 43 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Vienna, Austria 
60.
Symphony in G major "New Lambach" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1768; Salzburg, Austria 
61.
Symphony no 7 in D major, K 45 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1768; Vienna, Austria 
62.
Symphony no 55 in B flat major, K Anh. 214 (45b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1768; ?Vienna, Austria 
63.
La finta semplice, K 51 (46a): Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1769; Salzburg, Austria 
64.
Symphony no 8 in D major, K 48 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1768; Vienna, Austria 
65.
Symphony no 54 in B flat major, K Anh. 216 (C11.03) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770-1771; Milan, Italy 
66.
Symphony no 37 in G major, K 444 (425a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Linz, Austria 
67.
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K 87 (74a): Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Milan, Italy 
68.
Il rè pastore, K 208: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
69.
Gallimathias musicum, K 32 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Classical 
Written: 1766; The Hague, Netherlan 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Mozart: Complete Symphonies October 2, 2013 By David F. (Manlius, NY) See All My Reviews "Music quality is very good. Printed documentation provided with the CD set is written completely in French with no English commentary. Unhelpful. Storing data onto (my) local drives (through iTunes) leads to the majority of the CD data being recorded in Japanese. Unhelpful." Report Abuse
 Poor recordings October 2, 2013 By Andrew J. Z. (Port Washington, NY) See All My Reviews "This appears to be a good deal at first and the good news is that it contains a comprehensive set of Mozart's symphonic output that is as complete as any I've seen. One thing you learn is that not everything Mozart wrote is a work of genius. He wrote some music that sounds like it had been dashed off by one of the lesser lights of the age. That said, there are issues. The booklet that comes with the set is written in Italian only; not in English. So far I've listened to only about a third of the disks in the set and unfortunately, the engineering appears to be poor. The music seems compressed with little dynamic range and the performances seem mediocre at best. It is hard to tell whether the main problem is with the recording or with the actual performances themselves but the result is certainly not what I expected from The Academy of Ancient Music and Christopher Hogwood. Overall, it's a good reference set but I wouldn't want to rely on it as my only source of Mozart symphonic music." Report Abuse
 Great Set Confusing Notes September 17, 2013 By C. Brewer (Tallahassee, FL) See All My Reviews "I have known these recordings for a number of years and was happy to find them now released as a boxed set. My only complaint is that this set (Catalogue #4802577) was released by Universal Music Italia so that the entire booklet of informative notes is available only in Italian." Report Abuse
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