During only a few weeks, in a burst of creativity, Mozart composed a set of three symphonies in rapid succession during the summer of 1788. The 39th was completed 26 June, the 40th 25 July and Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, his last, on 10 August 1788. (Symphony No. 40 in G minor is sometimes referred to as the "Great G minor symphony," to distinguish it from the "Little G minor symphony," No. 25, the only minor key symphonies Mozart wrote.)
The 41st is nicknamed the "Jupiter", a name likely coined by the impresario Johann Peter Salomon in an early arrangement for piano. In these, Mozart put all his genius and skill learned during his short life. Sir George Grove commented that it is greatest orchestral work of its kind to precede the French Revolution.
Leonard Bernstein, one of the great conductors of Beethoven in the twentieth century, draws performances of subtle nuances and strength from the Vienna Philharmonic and, at these prices, it is an absolute bargain.