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Mozart: The Symphonies /Pinnock [Box set]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 11
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000069KJ3
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,541 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful
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One of the main advantages that period performances hold over those on modern instruments is that they allow one to more clearly hear the articulation of and between the various instruments. In modern instrument performances of Mozart's orchestral compositions, edges tend to be blurred and this detracts from the exquisite musical arguments contained within each piece. This is not so much a problem with performances of Mozart's chamber music however, as there are fewer instruments to crowd the scene, and each musician retains greater control over the sustainment of each note.
Unquestionably, these 'period' performances by Trevor Pinnock are the best renditions I have heard of Mozart's symphonies. They have all the benefits of crisp articulation and yet they retain all of the drama you would expect to experience in a modern instrument recording. An excellent set in every way!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Find some glorious Mozart you haven't heard 8 Feb 2011
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Radio 3's recent Mozart season played some early symphonies, and they used Pinnock's versions. I was quite amazed by how good they were, having been misled by 'certain critics' into believing that only 40/41 and perhaps a few other later symphonies were worth listening to. On the strength of what I heard on Radio 3, and glowing reviews by Gramophone and 'Third Ear', I decided to obtain this set. No regrets - *all* of them were worth a listen, 11 of them make it onto my "top notch Mozart" list, with another 14 on my "listen to as often as anything else list". I have versions of 40/41 by Marriner and Bernstein, both of which I rate highly - and they generally get the nod from the 'modern/big-band' faction of Mozart critics. But I like Pinnocks at least as much. His andante in 41, and overall treatment of the symphony, is something special. Even if you have several modern/big-band versions of Mozart symphonies, this set is well worth having, you are likely to discover some new joy - even in symphonies you already have.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work! 30 Jan 2003
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This rendition of Mozart's symphonies is absolutely wonderful. It gives the sense of warmth and personality that seems to be missing from many of the bigger, "modern" orchestras, (not to say that they don't have their own advantages to the modern ear). These recordings have a buttery, warm sound that sounds more like it is being played in an old castle chamber than a cold, airy concert hall. While the acoustics are sort of muted, they still remain crisp and clear. The English Concert Orchestra under Pinnock is known for its excellence, and here they have not let us down. Anyone who has more than a passing interest in classical music will not regret buying this set.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This set of the complete Mozart symphonies has been compiled into a box at an amazingly low price. If that alone were not enough, and it isn't of course, the quality of Pinnock's interpretive concept, the execution of that concept by his orchestra and finally the recording and presentation of the set are of such quality as to make this an absolute 'must buy' for anyone even remotely interested in Mozart's symphonies.

Like most enthusiastic collectors I have owned considerable versions of all the 'mature' symphonies as interpreted by recognised experts in the field. Currently these include Mackerras (I have retained the last of his 3 surveys as his best), Gardiner, Barenboim, Bruggen, Britten and Jane Glover. There have been many others previously but none of them, except Koopman, have seriously represented the previous works written in his extreme youth.

Suddenly this set was released and made available at a very special price. I pounced! Immediately I was entranced by the sheer wealth of imagination, the sheer ability to organise coherent musical thought and to write it so fluently for orchestra, the sheer labour of simply writing so many notes, let alone think them up. If ever a set underlined Mozart's remarkable genius which flowered from such an early age this has to be it.

The key moment for Mozart as regards the transition from his earlier work, which is completely enjoyable while not sounding like Mozart particularly, occurs around about 1775. At this point he left Salzburg for Vienna where he began to work as a freelance composer. Crucially, in my opinion, at this point he started writing operas such as Il Re Pastore which demanded a vocal style of writing. Up to now his writing had been instrumental in style.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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Mozart wrote 75+ symphonies in all, and although this set is not comprehensive (the Hogwood set makes the best attempt at that), the works here should satisfy most people. At the risk of being controversial, a lot of Mozart's early symphonies are not top-notch (unlike his early choral music, say), and these works sound considerably better played with a raw edge than with a comfortably uphostered modern orchestra (e.g. Bohm), when the modern textures trivialise the music. The later symphonies also benefit from the leaner sound (the slow movement of K543 can easily sound syrupy on modern strings). Pinnock plays all the works with affection and care, and the separated violins, many repeats and clear textures make these performances ones that anyone can enjoy. Even the desperately uninspired 'Paris' (K297/300a) sounds good here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent....but!! A-
My second choice only because ot a bad edit on the download between the slow and fast movements of Symphony no. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Scott N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart revivified
These recordings bring joy back to Mozart's symphonies, but with no lack of profundity. Pinnock is sometimes slightly iconoclastic in his phrasing (although the extreme subtlety of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by D. Peppercorn
1.0 out of 5 stars Pain in the...ears
I bought this set 3 years and only listen to few symphonies and got tired of the harsh sound of original instrument. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. M. Beebeejaun
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Mozart collection - accessibly priced too
Bought in January 2013 and have not quite finished all the symphonies, but am far enough through to say that this is a great compilation and gives a good view of how Mozart's... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Down loads
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good
Bought this for my husband's birthday as he is a classical music fan and he has really enjoyed listening to it.
Published on 9 Jan 2012 by felttip
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best current set of recordings of Mozart's symphonies
These recordings are a pleasure to listen to and I don't expect a better set to be made in the near future.
Published on 27 Oct 2011 by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart the symphonies Trevor Pinnock
Beautifully Brilliant. I've heard Mozart before as have we all, but Pinnock seems to have taken Amadeus to another level.
Published on 6 Jan 2011 by C. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart as it should sound
All I can say is, as a professional musician, it is refresing to hear Mozart sounding right. No vibrato, brisker tempi, even the flutes a touch on the flat side, make this sound... Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2004 by S. Milton
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