I've eagerly snapped up every release in this magnificent series since it started back in 1994 with symphonies by Michael Haydn and Carl Stamitz. The performances are, to my mind, sublime: rich, burnished strings, pungent brasses, a full, resonant acoustic, and stylish but unobtrusive direction. With so many 18th-century composers of symphonies who influenced or were influenced by Mozart, why choose the wretched Vogler? If nothing else, hearing his music proves how accurate Mozart was in his devastating - and quite amusing - criticism of it.
I'd love to know the composers of upcoming entries in the series. Messers Bamert, Juritz, et al., if you're reading (dare one hope?), may I recommend:
Johann Stamitz, the true founder of the Mannheim School, and the greatest writer of symphonies in the 1740s and 50s.
Georg Christophe Wagenseil, the most widely-disseminated Viennese composer of symphonies in the 1750s and 60s and a crucial stylistic influence on Haydn and Mozart.
G. B. Sammartini, whom young Mozart met in Milan and who was the inspiration for Mozart's first string quartet, K. 80. Sammartini also happened to be the greatest writer of concert symphonies in the 1730s and 40s, and was still active into the 70s.
Carlo d'Ordonez, Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Florian Gassman, and Leopold Hoffman, all highly accomplished Vienna-based (mostly) composers of symphonies during Mozart's time.
I absolutely love this series; please don't waste precious resources on incompetent hacks like Vogler (Herschel was another questionable choice)!