1 800 222 6872

Mozart: Symphonies 39 & 40

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
Conductor Ensemble
  • >
Composer

Notes & Reviews:

After a decade immersed in the great Mozart operas (to universal critical acclaim) Rene Jacobs returns to the late symphonies, leading the outstanding Freiburger Barockorchester. As with his previous recordings, his unique, operatic approach to classical-period symphonies brings new life to these scores, particularly in terms of phrasing and clarity of texture. Jacobs says of his approach to this music, "A lot of people think period instrument performance means everything fast. I stick very much to the drama and the delivery of speech. I know that, say, Mozart's own tempi were faster than what is now usual, but, on the other hand, there are also moments when time must stand still." The Independent writes, "There is simply one word for Jacobs' musical direction - enchanting."

bbc.co.uk - Michael Quinn
Surprisingly crisp and spry these readings may be, but the result sounds and feels authentically Mozartian, Jacobs coaxing alert and alive playing from a band on the very top of their form.

Gramophone Magazine
Deep understanding, individual interpretations, vivacious performances and, for the most part, a playful approach to this music. What you also hear is a particular sensitivity to the exquisite layering of Mozart's scoring...a recording that is though-provoking and always compelling.

The Telegraph
Two of Mozart's great symphonies of 1788 are coupled here in performances that radiate René Jacobs's characteristically effervescent spirit without compromising the seriousness of discourse...The result is a disc of unalloyed freshness, in which the Freiburg players share Jacobs's joy in music-making.

Sunday Times
The G minor, some eccentric dynamics apart, is splendid - the outer movements very fiery, the Andante done with real love...The wind are admirably prominent, with flute, clarinet and horn particularly good

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Freiburg, Paulussaal (11/2008).



Reviews

There are currently no reviews, be the first one!
Login or Create an Account to write a review
 

Also Purchased

Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Running Time: 29 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Running Time: 35 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788