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Mozart: Symphonies nos 35-41 / Böhm, Berliner Philharmoniker

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner"
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 36 in C major, K 425 "Linz"
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague"
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter"
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
These performances come from the first ever complete set of Mozart symphonies (reviewed above), and they still represent 'big orchestra' Mozart at its most congenial. The contrast between Böhm's sparkling Mozart, both elegant and vigorous, and the much smoother view taken by Karajan on his countless recordings with the same orchestra, works almost entirely in Böhm's favour here. Interpretatively, these are performances very much of their time, with exposition repeats the exception (as in the first movement of No 40) and with minuets taken at what now seem like lumbering speeds. However, the slow movements certainly flow easily enough, and finales bounce along infectiously.

Consistently they convey the happy ease of Böhm in Mozart, even if the recording is beefy by today's standards, not as transparent as one now expects in this repertory, whether on modern or period instruments. There's some inconsistency between the different recordings, all made in the Jesus-Christus Kirche in Berlin. The best sound comes from the sessions in 1966 for the Linz and No 39 - satisfyingly full without any perceptible edginess on violins - and the least good from 1959 for the Prague, where high violins sound rather fizzy.

Yet the very precision of the CD transfers encourages one to highlight such points. In practice most collectors will find the sound more than acceptable enough in all six symphonies to convey the warmth of Böhm in Mozart without distraction.



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner"
  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 17 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1782

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 36 in C major, K 425 "Linz"
  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 24 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague"
  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1786.
  • Running Time: 25 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543
  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 25 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 26 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter"
  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 26 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788