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  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003CU6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Symphony No.40 in G minor, K. 550 : I. Molto allegroTbilisi Symphony Orchestra, Vakhtang Kakhidze 8:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Symphony No.40 in G minor, K. 550 : II. AndanteTbilisi Symphony Orchestra, Vakhtang Kakhidze 9:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Symphony No.40 in G minor, K. 550 : III. Menuetto - AllegrettoTbilisi Symphony Orchestra, Vakhtang Kakhidze 4:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Symphony No.40 in G minor, K. 550 : IV. Finale - Allegro assaiTbilisi Symphony Orchestra, Vakhtang Kakhidze 7:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Symphony No.41 in C major, Jupiter, K. 551 : I. Allegro vivaceSaint Petersburg Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra, Stanislav Gorkovenko11:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Symphony No.41 in C major, Jupiter, K. 551 : II. Andante cantabileSaint Petersburg Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra, Stanislav Gorkovenko 8:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. Symphony No.41 in C major, Jupiter, K. 551 : III. Menuetto - AllegrettoSaint Petersburg Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra, Stanislav Gorkovenko 4:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. Symphony No.41 in C major, Jupiter, K. 551 : IV. Finale - Molto allegroSaint Petersburg Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra, Stanislav Gorkovenko 7:05£0.79  Buy MP3 

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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've never been too committed to Mozzer, finding him brilliant but superficial. Tedious, compared to Beethoven and his spawn. Jupiters by Marriner, Karajan and Kubelik have all come and gone from my collection. Still, I did hear a wonderful performance at the Proms conducted by Haitink, so I've kept my ears open.

Now, I think I have it. This is the one that doesn't bore, doesn't whizz by like a limousine with tinted windows. I chose the earlier Prague sessions over the recent Scottish ones because I found the Czech orchestra's sound - after sampling online - that bit more incisive. Mackerras really makes the music ebb and flow, playing lots of repeats to make sure we take it all in, and even if the orchestra doesn't have quite the allure of some other stellar bands, it still plays with obvious love for both Wolfgang and Sir Charles.

This could be for you if listening to late Mozart has ever seemed like the musical equivalent of staring at a vase.
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Amazon.com: 11 reviews
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Mackerras Makes Magic! 29 Dec. 2005
By R. M. Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When a conductor undertakes the colossal task of recording the entire Mozart symphonic canon, it's pretty safe to assume that a great deal of research went into interpreting the music; and who better to perform the works of Mozart than an orchestra from Prague, the town that adored him. Add Telarc's marvelous digital sound quality into the performance and the result is a recording to die for.

Mackerras' accounts of Mozart's final two symphonies are the most enjoyable, authentic, and technically flawless renderings of these masterpieces I have ever come across. The balance and tone of the Prague Chamber Orchestra is perfect and articulations during fast passages are extremely crisp and clear. The orchestra never sounds distant or muddled, and the music is always exciting.

In the excellent liner notes, Mackerras explains his research into Mozart's original manuscripts in an effort to get as close as possible to performing the music as the composer intended. The orchestra observes all repeats (including the development/recapitulation of sonata form movements), and also adds a subtle basso continuo that is never intrusive.

What stands out the most in Mackerras' interpretation is his choice of faster tempos, especially in the inner movements. The Andantes of both symphonies are often played as Adagios by other orchestras, and Mackerras correctly observes the Andante designation, which, after hearing so many other conductors plod through second movements, is a great relief and gives the movement new life and beauty. Likewise, the minuets are taken at a swift one beat per bar which Mackerras explains is more authentic. Again, this interpretation adds much energy to the dance movements.

For those who are interested, Mackerras performs K550 with the original instrumentation of two oboes and no clarinets rather than the revised edition which included a pair of both. Likewise, only the first violin parts in the Andante of K551 are muted (most performances also mute the second violins). Mackerras made this decision after consulting Mozart's autographed manuscript and concluded that the composer intended to mute the first violins only. Mackerras admits in the liner notes that the change gave the movement more clarity.

Finally, the wind parts, which are often dominated by the strings in other performances, are brought out quite nicely, making their statements when called for and then tastefully retreating back behind the string melodies. The horns in the trio of K550's minuet are especially lovely, as are the flute and double reed solos in the finale of K551.

Having heard more performances of these works than I care to mention, I can say with conviction that these accounts are hands down the most perfect and sublime renderings available today. Add it to immediately to your collection, it's an absolute steal.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Utterly Airbourne Mozart 22 Feb. 2006
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With nearly three hundred recordings of Mozart's last two symphonies in the current catalogue alone (not to mention those that have been deleted or are in the process of being re-mastered) this final installment in the recordings by Sir Charles Mackerras of the entire symphony cycle proves something special. Mackerras conducts the Prague Chamber Orchestra in these transparent works that make them seem like wind through harp strings.

Some may prefer the more somber, thicker sound of orchestral palette opted for by other master conductors, feeling that the darker sound gives more emotional weight to these final symphonies. But even without the benefit of having heard Mackerras' complete cycle the distinction of this CD is unmistakable. He never forces the fortes, never lets the slow movements become morose, and never uses tempi so fleet that the articulation of the strings is lost. Listen carefully and the subtle use of the harpsichord is present. Mackerras favors the Mozart size chamber orchestra and brisk tempi but polishes these aspects by immaculate playing by his orchestra members who use modern as opposed to period instruments. The result is, well, Mozartean, and rarely have these works felt so completely right.

Making a list of recommended recordings of all of Mozart's works in this his birthday year would definitely place this CD high on the list. It is as though the symphonies are entirely new. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, February 06
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Incredible! 7 May 2007
By A Minstrel in the Gallery - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Once again, Sir Charles Mackerras and the Prague Orchestra take their art to dizzying heights of rare musical majesty and excellence. These performances are not too heavy but very graceful and eloquent. I highly recommend this recording, just like every other disc in this lauded series of Mozart symphonies. This cd will give you a new appreciation of these essential symphonic works.
Perfection From Sir Charles, What else Would you Expect? 6 July 2014
By NUC MED TECH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
07-06-2014 Few things are as certain as "death and taxes, " likely spoken by a critic of government, of which there are many. but, for we music lovers, few things are as certain as "Mozart, Mackerras and Perfection," I men, really, what else would one expect from this great conductor, and especially from his Scottish Chamber orchestra players, some of the finest in the world, the equal of any and all peers. So, this is a simple review. 5 stars, the Highest recommendations and Good-Night, all!!! Really rhat is all that's needed, but ail can't simply let it go at that, alone. yes, it IS perfect but let's see why a little. the weight and boyancy of this recording is vital to any Mozart music, and Mackerras. In the 2nd movement Andante of #40, I could almost hear all the winds in the passage from 01:37 to 01:47, a brief 10 second piece with Mozart's grammar brought out fairly well, but not 100%. Mack's subtle loud/soft contrasts are gentle, careful and perfectly balanced and nuanced. His musical judgements are always accurate to a tee and there is never even the slightest whisp of a hint of coarseness or vulgarity. The term "refinement' gets a definitive treatment throughout these works and, for that matter, within the entire cycle on the whole. IF you must own a Mozart COMPLETE cycle, this is the one to own. there may be some, as there usually are, that feature better 25ths or 35ths or Jupiters or Haffners, but for a 1 through 41 cannon, I'm looking to buy this set, all I lack is the financial willpower.
I have, for a long time, felt "cool" about the 41st, liking the 39th very much and believing the 40th to be Mozart's best Symphony of the entire canon. Still, #41 get the same qulity craftsmanship here by Sir Charles and his Scotts, of whom he was music director from ***** to *****. . An international wizard of hugely ecumenical tastes, there isn't anything ai can recall he has done poorly, maybe not "sin quon non," but still more than worthy of hearing and collecting. My only gripe is with Telarc, but it is a small one. At 70:33 or so, we could of gotten another short orchestral piece as a filler, but still, this is nit-picking, and the tempi in these Symphonies are perfect just as they are, so no need to speed up to "make room." Many hour, then, of happy and satisfying listening to you and your's, and a big God bless you, as well, Tony. AMDG!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good performnces, OK recordings. 9 Jan. 2013
By I.O.Pine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD has been highly praised by several critics, but I did not find it to be more than good either in performance or in sound. Given the audiophile label, the sound was quite disappointing.
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