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Mozart: Symphonies 28 & 36 "Linz" / Bruggen, Orchestra of the 18th Century

Release Date: 05/1991 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 432177   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This new disc unites a recording of an early Symphony in C, with the famous later Symphony in C, the so-called “Linz“—which, it is disconcerting to remember, Mozart asserted in a letter he wrote in less than a week. That this seemingly inevitable masterpiece, longer, more technically and emotionally involved than earlier symphonies, was the hurried result of an unexpected, casual opportunity, seems to challenge our idea of the steady growth of an artist's resources. But then, Mozart's career constantly challenges our preconceptions.

There are many fine recordings of the “Linz,“ from Bruno Walter's to Marriner's and the sublimely elegant one conducted by Rafael Kubelik on EMI which I have recently reviewed in these pages. I
Read more approached this brisk rendition by Frans Brüggen with the sound of Kubelik's Vienna Philharmonic ringing in my ears. Needless to say, Brüggen and his period orchestra have a different sound and approach, which is equally attractive to my ears. Brüggen emphasizes the sturdy, martial sound of both these symphonies. His tempos are fast—very fast in the case of the final Presto of the “Linz“—and he doesn't linger over the more melting phrases we hear in the Andante of either symphony. He plays the opening chords of the “Linz“ with a sternness that colors the rest of the slow introduction, which becomes threatening. The result is a clearly articulated piece that somehow sounds darker than usual. I imagine Brüggen knitting his brow through the whole of the piece. Not everyone would agree, but I find that approach a valuable alternative to what I have heard elsewhere. The Orchestra of the 18th Century plays with great precision, and they are well recorded, sounding both close-up and resonant.

-- Michael Ullman, FANFARE [11/1991] Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 28 in C major, K 200 (189k) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century
Written: 1774 
Date of Recording: 06/1990 
Venue:  Live  Utrecht, Holland 
Length: 18 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Symphony no 36 in C major, K 425 "Linz" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Linz, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  Live  Utrecht, Holland 
Length: 27 Minutes 26 Secs. 

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