Though I've owned the Naxos boxed set of Mozart symphonies for a few years now, this particular disc has been buried in my CD player for weeks now. While flipping through "The Penguin Guide to Classical Music" a few days ago, I noted that they particularly recommended this disc as an introduction to Wordsworth's facility with this music. I have to concur. This one brings together highly dramatic readings of the Symphony No. 34 (a terse three-movement piece, rather like the earlier "Paris" Symphony in its fast, frothy outer movements) and the "Haffner" along with the epic Symphony No. 39. Wordsworth, as a ballet conductor, shows a happy sense of grace, fantasy, and rhythmic charm. He opens the "Haffner" with a regal display of energetic drama that recalls Szell's bursting treatment of the same music, and the rest of the piece soars along with the same high energy and finesse. Of course, masterful as those earlier works are, the Symphony No. 39 is the most important issue here, and it may confidently be offered that Wordsworth and his players evoke its gorgeous, "Magic Flute"esque world of wintry, fairy-tale charm, menace, and romance with loving devotion. Though one must lament the absence of repeats for the final movement, this remains a wonderful statement of this music from start to finish. Trustfully Naxos will keep pumping these out; while the eccentric, scholarly genius of Harnoncourt and Mackerras is beyond dispute, people also require more traditional (or "traditional") presentations of this immortal music, and Wordsworth has easily bested Marriner here at this game.