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  • Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Audio CD (10 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GO0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,569 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Would have given 5 stars but for the fact the little info booklet was torn. This didn't detract from the music but felt the recording was showing its age. High quality performance that could have sounded better. Suggest other recordings are looked at before buying. Can't fault Mozart's music though!!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Aug. 2011
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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.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Brilliantly done 10 Mar. 2003
By Ryan Richards - Published on
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Yep, this is Bernstein: not unpolished, but not willing to let polish get in the way of emotional drama. However, as other reviewers pointed out, this isn't the melodramatic, overromantic Bernstein of the later years either; these performances manage to almost perfectly combine emotion and technique. Bernstein's sense of tempi and phrasing is top-notch, and the emotional sensitivity he gets out of the always-adept VPO is admirable, particularly in the slow movements. What really makes this CD a winner, though, is that both of these brilliant symphonies have been recorded almost to death over the years, and yet Bernstein still manages to make them sound fresh and new. He clearly knows what the music is trying to *say* to its listeners, and he and the orchestra work in such a manner that the music does not just exist, it *communicates* with listeners. To put that another way: some recordings of these symphonies sound like they're being played by an orchestra, and others sound like the music is creating itself. This CD definitely falls into the latter category. In particular, the finales of both symphonies are stellar, and I've never heard a better slow movement of the "Jupiter." You can't go wrong with this one.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
An absolute delight 24 Jun. 2002
By Derek Lee - Published on
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This CD is an absolute must for any serious music lover. True, perhaps the sound quality was not exemplary, but as the other reviewers pointed out it is more than satisfactory. But the main thing about this recording is the performance. It is filled with pathos and drama, far removed from the stuffy versions of Mozart currently being put out; the finale of Jupiter is brilliantly performed, capturing the true magnificence of Mozart's fugato treatment, and the g minor symphony is appropriately dark and dramatic, certainly very different from Schumann's vision of "Grecian simplicity".
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Lovely middle-of-the-road readings, with a bit of extra expression 11 Mar. 2006
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I think Bernstein's fans have gone overboard here. These two Mozart performances, recorded live in 1984-85, find the conductor in a good mood. Bernstein's Mozart was never extreme, and he took special care to find expression in scores that have very few expression markings by the composer. Compared to similar accounts over the years, these readings are less smoothed-over than Karajan's, less militant than Bohm's, but also less buoyant than Beecham's and less lovig than Walter's. Anyone who admires the Vienna Phil. will certainly find them to be stylish and warm (much more so than when they recorded all the Mozart symphonies under Levine during this same peirod); this is very congenial Mozart where eveyr phrase is kissed.

Overall, I'd place Bernstein's G minor in a league with Britten and Walter, the Jupiter in a league with KLemperer, although in the long run Klemperer's Mozart is more imposinb and memorable. For anyone who hasn't been totally won over by period practice, this CD is very satisfying without being any kind of apotheosis.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful Interpretation of Bernstein's Interpretation of Mozart! 9 July 2011
By Elizabeth Kay Heinecamp - Published on
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Ok in some ways, it's completely hilarious that a company that didn't even exist 20 years ago, asks me, a mere consumer of its products, to REVIEW one of the giants of 20th Century Music who is conducting a work of one of the giants of Classical Music. But, I'll give it a try. I love Mozart (was he an alien?), AND Bernstein (a genius).

I wish readers to know that I am a relative newcomer to classical music, (played guitar for years, off and on, while 'appreciating' classical stuff). A whim of a purchase 5-6 years ago, 'Mozart in the Morning CD', was a sort of doorway. I loved how invigorating his music was, and listened intently, over and over again, to this CD. Also, I began learning classical piano two years ago. The results of my study and effort have been amazing, in that my musical perception has enlarged. What I hear and understand, the patterns and how they are put together, thrills me. This allows me to understand Mozart better and better. I think.

The only statement I can make with confidence about Bernstein's *interpretation* of Symphony 40 (which I have listened to at least 300 times) is ... he's definitely a romantic. Ok I confess I bought a cheapie 'Mozart Anniversary Edition' CD from Walmart, and I played it into the ground. So it is the standard I compare other performances with. This particular CD features the conductor Libor Pesek. And I must confess, I like his interpretation better than Bernstein's!!! Oh I can't believe I actually said that.

Ok... Molto allegro...Bernstein's too slow. In my humble opinion (I have but one semester of music theory!) this work - in its entirety - is about passion, not necessarily sadness. I believe Pesek understood that, as evidenced by the brisk tempo he directs with. I find this tempo exciting, and if I may suggest, closer to the *agitation* Mozart desired expressing.

I will leave it at that...for the very few souls out there who find comparing the different versions/interpretations of Mozart's 40th Symphony exciting (graduate students in conducting, or?), I recommend this CD. It is highly educational, simply by listening!!!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Unparalleled 22 Jan. 2000
By J. Buxton - Published on
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For once I completely agree with the respected Penguin Guide. They give this performance their Rosette (their highest honor), and I couldn't agree more. The sound is not up to DG's standards, but is adequate. But the performance is one of a kind. It is playful, intense, and tender in different spots. The finale of symphony 41 is outstanding as is the slow movement from 40. I've never heard them played any better. Also, this disc is at a budget price.
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