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Mozart: Symphonies no 29, 33, 35, 38 & 41 / Claudio Abbado, Orchestra Mozart

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner"
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 29 in A major, K 201 (186a)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Flute no 1 in G major, K 313 (285c)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague"
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter"
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This new set feature the Orchestra Mozart, a handpicked group of players founded in Bologna in 2004, with Abbado as their artistic director and Giuilano Carmignola as concertmaster. These splendid new versions of Mozart symphonies can be considered Abbado's "home recordings" - made "live in concert" in Bologna, Bolzano, Modena and Ferrara between 2004 and 2006 - giving them an extraordinary, raw energy, with all the drama and lyricism that have made his recordings of Mozart operas among the greatest in the catalogue. Particularly noteworthy are Symphonies Nos. 33 and 38 ("Prague"), which Abbado here records for the first time

The Telegraph
Throughout these symphonies, recorded "live" with his young, hand-picked orchestra, articulation is crisp and pointed, vibrato abstemiously applied. Mozart's intricate contrapuntal textures in the first movement of the Prague and the finale of the Jupiter have rarely sounded so lucid. There is no denying the finesse of Abbado's phrasing and his care for inner detail. The flowing tempos for the andantes are ideally chosen. Too often, though, I hear coolness, a touch of over-calculation, in Abbado's conducting. Some of the detached, period-style bowing can sound finicky. The outer movements of the Jupiter and the stupendous first movement of the Prague have nothing like the incandescence of Charles Mackerras's recent Scottish Chamber Orchestra recordings (Linn).

The Times
The booklet quotes Abbado saying, "The study of phrasing in Mozart is endless." Yes indeed, and the fruits are borne out in the conductor's live performances of five selected symphonies with his bouncy, young Orchestra Mozart. The Haffner first movement is especially thrilling and the pianissimos in No 29 would charm a mouse. Effects in No 33 seem more heavy-handed, but the set's major drawback is the sound: constricted in tuttis, lacking air.

Sunday Times
Mozart emerges here as a vital elixir: using the period-instrument orchestra he founded to perform music of the classical era, Abbado brings a time-honoured Mozartian tradition, learnt from the pianists Friedrich Gulda and Rudolf Serkin, to bear on these much-recorded works. The prestos of the Haffner and "Prague" positively tingle with excitement; the great finale of the Jupiter reveals Mozart's complex counterpoint with unerring clarity. Textures are bright and clear, the balance between wind and strings is ideal and the sublime melodies of the slow movements are "sung" with an Italianate cantilena Mozart would surely have revelled in. A classic set.

Gramophone Magazine
This is some of the best Mozart conducting you will ever hear. These performances are above all triumphs of experience, innate musicality and understanding, meticulous yet clear thinking, and... the art of listening.



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner"
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Mozart
  • Running Time: 20 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1782
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 29 in A major, K 201 (186a)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Mozart
  • Running Time: 30 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1774
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Flute no 1 in G major, K 313 (285c)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Mozart
  • Notes: Composition written: 1779.
  • Running Time: 20 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1779
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague"
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Mozart
  • Notes: Composition written: 1786.
  • Running Time: 37 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1786
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter"
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Mozart
  • Running Time: 36 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788
  • Studio/Live: Live