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Mozart: Symphonies Nos.40 & 41
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Mozart: Symphonies Nos.40 & 41

19 Mar. 1997 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 July 2005
  • Release Date: 1 July 2005
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1987 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 1:03:53
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  • ASIN: B001N4VRI6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,441 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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By Julio Guiomar on 4 Dec. 2014
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Very good. Good recording . We can not go wrong with Abbado recordings can we?
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Does not deserve the bad press 29 Jan. 2011
By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This side of the Pearly Gates, I am starting to wonder if there is an all-consumming performance of both works. After all, the music is instrinically greater than any one rendition.

This issue was omnipresent in the early days of CD - indeed, it was a bit of a gladiator - and now it is rarer than hen's teeth. For whatever reason, I parted company with my old copy and I jumped at a recent chance to reacquire it. There is a lot to like here, especially the Jupiter (K 550 could do with more bite on occasions, as good as it is). It is certainly much more listenable than those travesties, Mozart-wise, that Uncle Claudio spawned in Berlin during his lacklustre reign in that fair city. Textures are clean. The inner voices within the Jupiter was superbly terraced. The recording is warmly acceptable (DG engineers were at their peak come the end of the analogue era). Romanticism is present but it is not overbearing (a soup kitchen, it ain't). I suspect that over time, Uncle Claudio has excessively cogitated on period performance to his own detriment - to keep up with the HIP wolfpack, so to speak - and his musicality suffered as a result in this repertoire. Here is a good reminder of his core strengths, such as they once were.
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Big-band Mozart with rather stodgy tempos 3 Sept. 2006
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've been exploring claudio Abbado's years with the London Symphony (late Seventies, early Eighties) when he made some of his most vibrant and energized recordings. This pairing of Mozart Sym. 40 and 41 isn't one of his best from that era. Recorded in pleasing, warm sound in 1980, it approaches Mozart in the full Romantic style, but with less intensity than others, like Furtwangler and Bernstein, who are more fervently committed.

The LSO plays with rich sonority, and Abbado's tempos tend to be on the slow side--even slower in the G minor than Furtwangler from the late Forites on EMI. The playing itself is graceful--listen to the light Minuet in the G minor--and as expected Abbado brings refinement and skill to what he's doing. In fact, these are likable readings if you don't mind turning the clock back, less glossy than Karajan's, but I expected a little more life from them. By the Nineties Abbado's ideas had changed, and his Mozart became leaner and swifter, though sometimes just as cautious.
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