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Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 29, 31, 32, 35 & 36

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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 29 in A major, K 201 (186a)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 31 in D major, K 297 (300a) "Paris"
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 32 in G major, K 318
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner"
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 36 in C major, K 425 "Linz"

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 29 in A major, K 201 (186a)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 31 in D major, K 297 (300a) "Paris"
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 32 in G major, K 318
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner"
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 36 in C major, K 425 "Linz"
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Notes & Reviews:

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"Sir Charles' decades of musical research has allowed him to make performing editions of these symphonies in preparation for this recording. But it is his close, synergistic relationship with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble whose reputation seems to have only expanded in the past couple of decades, and the sound quality captured by Linn's engineers, that has brought forth perhaps the finest recordings of these works I know." -Classical.net

"Sir Charles Mackerras and his Scottish players are working backwards through Mozart's symphonies. This second volume follows their acclaimed (and award-winning) set of the last four symphonies with a group of works mainly from the latter part of his Salzburg period along with two he composed following his relocation to Vienna.

Is another complete edition planned? It would be Sir Charles's second, following his survey with the Prague Chamber Orchestra (Telarc). There are some gaps here: Symphonies Nos 33 and 34, for example, and Nos 28 and 30 which both post-dated No 29. Perhaps they'll appear on Vol 3 with the "Little" G minor Symphony, K183.

These two discs display all the qualities identified by Lindsay Kemp in his review of the later symphonies (4/08). There's a clarity to the acoustic as recorded in Glasgow's City Halls, which Mackerras uses to his advantage, instinctively bringing out telling inner lines: listen especially for the ear-tweaking viola "stabs" in the second subject of No 29's first movement or the clattering horns at climaxes throughout the symphony. This work, surely Mozart's first symphonic miracle, is given added weight and import by Mackerras's decision to take all repeats, demonstrating especially that the fourth movement is far more than a mere chasse finale. Claudio Abbado has also taken the period-informed modern-instrument approach with his hand-picked Orchestra Mozart (A/08; K201 is the one overlap with this selection) but I'm afraid I can't share my colleagues' enthusiasm for his joyless way with this music.

The Paris is the least convincing of Mozart's later symphonies but Mackerras knows (and shows) that there's plenty to be discovered beyond the French-pleasing special effects and brilliant orchestration. He also offers both slow movements: Mozart wrote a replacement to appease a cloth-eared audience who didn't recognise a genius when he was among them. More fool them, and alleluia that it's all the more Mozart for the rest of us. In fact there's so much to enjoy on these discs - armfuls of the humanity and wisdom referred to by LK, and vivacity aplenty too in the Haffner and Linz, advanced wayposts on the march towards the unparalleled mastery of the last three symphonies." -Gramophone Awards, 2010 / Orchestral nominee

The Observer
Even though the earlier symphonies lack the maturity and startling grandeur of the Prague and the Jupiter, Mackerras manages to wring every last drop from them, and the SCO's glorious playing is enhanced by Linn's admirable recording technique... Highly recommended.

BBC Music Magazine
Clarity prevails, and animation. These are the kind of performances that make it difficult for the listener to sit still. One is impelled to pace or even dance around, to gesture and nod... when you are in a get-up-and-go frame of mind, Mackerras is the man, with rhythm and vigour to the fore.

The Times
The Haffner is the king of this pack. Mackerras explores its shapes and textures with particular care. Opening and closing movements crackle with electricity. Everything comes stamped with character, intelligence and beauty.

bbc.co.uk - Graham Rogers
Never less than honeyed in tone, the strings use vibrato sparingly, as a subtle colouring device rather than a wearisome all-purpose wash. Speeds are consistently spritely (but never gabbled), textures are wonderfully clear, wind and brass vibrant.

Sunday Times
The Haffner and Linz are magisterial accounts of much-recorded music. Mackerras seems to find exactly the right tempo for each movement - the deliciously witty presto finale of the Haffner goes with irresistible zing - and revels in the festive spirit of the big outer movements

The Guardian
For all their rhythmic life and variety, and the sheer joie de vivre that is so infectious in so much of the playing, Mackerras's interpretations may occasionally be too matter-of-fact and raw-edged for some tastes... though to counterbalance that, it's hard to imagine the final climax of Symphony No 36, the Linz, more conclusively or majestically presented.

Gramophone Magazine
There's a clarity to the acoustic as recorded in Glasgow's City Halls, which Mackerras uses to his advantage, instinctively bringing out telling inner lines... there's so much to enjoy on these discs - armfuls of wit and humanity... and vivacity aplenty too in the Haffner and Linz.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: City Halls, Glasgow, UK (07/11/2009-07/17/2009).



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 29 in A major, K 201 (186a)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Notes: City Halls, Glasgow, UK (07/11/2009-07/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1774

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 31 in D major, K 297 (300a) "Paris"
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Notes: City Halls, Glasgow, UK (07/11/2009-07/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1778

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 32 in G major, K 318
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Notes: City Halls, Glasgow, UK (07/11/2009-07/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1779

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner"
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Notes: City Halls, Glasgow, UK (07/11/2009-07/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1782

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 36 in C major, K 425 "Linz"
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Notes: City Halls, Glasgow, UK (07/11/2009-07/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1783