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Mozart: The last three symphonies, nos. 39 - 41 "Jupiter" / Frans Bruggen

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
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter"
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Conductor Frans Brüggen's earlier visions of the three final symphonies by Mozart are now three decades old. Now, with his Orchestra of the 18th century, he has chosen to release his new views of these works as part of his "Grand Tour" Glossa series. The Dutch maestro has been regularly engaging with Mozart throughout his career. A well-considered booklet essay accompanies this new release, available on two CDs and recorded live in Rotterdam.

The Guardian, 22nd May 2014
They are generous, big-boned accounts, dramatically charged and embroidered with telling, sometimes delightfully surprising detail.

The Telegraph, 6th June 2014
For an orchestra of only 55 players, there is ample sonority in these performances. In the "Jupiter" Symphony No?41, Brnggen adopts an aptly heroic, optimistic stance, with plenty of quasi-operatic dialogue in the first movement and, in general, a combination of vigour, deft phrasing and shrewd judgment that marks the whole set.

Sunday Times, 29th June 2014
These live recordings, from Rotterdam in 2010, are tinglingly alive and directed with superb conviction. Brnggen sets tempos that aren't trying to prove a theory, but are simply natural...the orchestra as a whole plays magnificently. A feast.

MusicWeb International, 30th June 2014
Brnggen gets a bright, majestic sound from the woodwind and brass...This is very much a classical account with clean, clear, expressive contrasts in an acoustic which somewhat favours the wind, but not generally overmuch. To sum up, Brnggen brings deeply thought through and satisfying readings with a wealth of contrast, spontaneity and capacity to surprise.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2014
Brnggen, once in the forefront of historically informed practices, has gradually been ploughing his own furrow; and these discs offer examples of his current thoughts that nonetheless still incorporate swift minuets and the use of period instruments. Not heard anywhere is a literal sound-facsimile of notes. Brnggen interprets them as he feels fit.

International Record Review, September 2014
Anyone who admires Bruggen's approach [... ] is going to be delighted with these performances. Very impressive achievement. Wonderful sound ... these performances have such imagination and stature. The live recorded sound is excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rotterdam (de Doelen), Netherlands (03/04/2010).



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543
  • Conductor: Frans Brüggen
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the 18th Century
  • Running Time: 31 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550
  • Conductor: Frans Brüggen
  • Running Time: 21 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter"
  • Conductor: Frans Brüggen
  • Running Time: 37 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788