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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very fine performances absolutely to be trusted
These are excellent performances which have stood the test of time well.

Conductor and orchestra have lived with this music for years and it shows : they are beautifully conceived and beautifully played. They persent this wonderful music without distraction - no eccentricties of interpretation, no 'new ideas', just fine phrasing, crisp attack and a good sense...
Published on 7 Jan 2007 by Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane

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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Music - Terrible sound quality
The music is great, the orchestra is great, the maestro is great, but the sound quality is terrible . If you don't give importance to sound quality go ahead and buy the record.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very fine performances absolutely to be trusted, 7 Jan 2007
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Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane "almac1975" (Fife, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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These are excellent performances which have stood the test of time well.

Conductor and orchestra have lived with this music for years and it shows : they are beautifully conceived and beautifully played. They persent this wonderful music without distraction - no eccentricties of interpretation, no 'new ideas', just fine phrasing, crisp attack and a good sense of structure. For me, now, a more authentic 18th.-century approach yields even greater dividends, so I have stopped short of 5 stars, but if you prefer what became the traditional post-Romantic style of Mozart playing, Bohm does it as well as anyone.
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart's Greatest Symphonies?, 1 Feb 2003
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Karl Bohm was a perfectionist, and these are truly great performances which have aged very well indeed. The Berlin Philharmonic are sumptuous, but not excessively so. This is Mozart for the purist, the collector, and also an excellent starting point for anyone wanting to experience Mozart for the first time. The value is excellent too, six of the greatest Mozart symphonies in classic performances at a good price. And the recordings, decades old, are really very fine:there is a warmth, a mellowness here, very easy on the ear.
On the other hand, this is Bohm's Mozart. A perfectionist yes, but that could also imply sometimes a lack of adventure or too much of an eye for detail, as you might sense if you compared Bohm to say, Bernstein or Karajan. These latter vary tempos much more, and show more dynamism and excitement I think, as well as a little more romance perhaps. So it all depends either on what you think Mozart should be, or simply what sounds you like to hear. Which also brings up the question of instruments: do you like, or should Mozart be played by, a 'modern' orchestra or one which uses only period instruments? And what about the benefits of Mozart recorded by modern crystal clear digital equipment?
Clearly there are questions one can raise about these Bohm Mozart discs, but regardless of whether or not you might feel that one of the great perfectionists has produced a perfect Mozart selection, they are surely a good choice, and definitely excellent value.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 Years On Still Among The Best, 24 Nov 2004
You might call Karl Bohm's Mozart old fashioned but don't take that as a put down. He does not take up the more recent practice of taking every repeat causing some works to go over 40 minutes. Not for Bohm the fine points of the latest academic trend but instead a a very fine feel for the spirit of Mozart's music. If the dramatic grand gesture is needed then Bohm magnificently provides it. If the music is livelier and more fleet of foot then Bohm sparkles with a wry grin. Overall this is Mozart to enjoy and Bohm never fails the listener. The 40 year old recording needs no excuses and neither do you for not buying these truly wonderful performances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart of my youth, 10 Oct 2013
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Egmont (Cheshire UK) - See all my reviews
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I used to have these on vinyl. Great to have them back again. Performance interpretation slightly of another age but just like putting on an old pair of slippers again!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Music - Terrible sound quality, 10 Jun 2014
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Julio Guiomar "Julio Guerra" (Porto - Portugal) - See all my reviews
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The music is great, the orchestra is great, the maestro is great, but the sound quality is terrible . If you don't give importance to sound quality go ahead and buy the record.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely performances, 17 Nov 2011
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R. Scriven "Rob" (London England) - See all my reviews
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Wonderful sound and fantastic performances of some of my favourite music. I refuse to bow down to the self appointed fashonistas of the classical music world, Mozart is fantastic especially in recordings of this quality.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recording., 15 May 2013
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Alan (Norfolk UK) - See all my reviews
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These are all very well known symphonies and while I'm sure there are very many other recordings and albums available but Deutsche Grammophon don't tend to produce rubbish.
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5 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Coffins, anyone?, 25 Dec 2012
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Most of us are slaves "in Pharoah's Army". An occupation is not a vocation, however lucrative it might be. Consequently we rot. Is it not the root cause of Thoreau's maxim that "most men live lives of quiet desperation"? Even at our Walter Mitty best, we would not dream of surveying Mozart's Symphonies with the Berlin Philharmonic. And yet one wonders whether Uncle Karl Bohm, feted as he was, went to the grave as unfulfilled as any Joe Dirt. Could one suggest that he partially missed the train, vocation-wise? If destiny had been kinder, he would have been a funeral director or a latter-day Charon on the shores of the Dead Sea, ferrying tourists to the other shore?

Evidence is readily at hand: his Mozart cycle from the Sixties. It certainly has its merits (K 22, K 110, K 129, K 132, K 134, K 181, K 338) but much of it sounds funereal - and it takes a special sort of talent to drain the innate vitality from the Berlin Philharmonic (Giulini replicated this herculean feat in Symphony 40 & 41: Jupiter).

Uncle Karl's testudinal treatment of the finale of K 183 is almost the worst conducting known to me - and in making this statement, I am fully aware of the horror that is entombed in Mozart: Requiem. To be dead beyond death.

This compilation of Mozart's last six symphonies has been around since mid-1995. It is emblematic of the wider cycle. The Haffner is defunct. The Prague - sounding ever so ordinary - is afflicted with Rigor Mortis. Not even Resurrection Day will summon this G Minor from the grave. There is some sort of pulse to the Linz Symphony even if it is fitful. That leaves the great E Flat and the Jupiter as the sole reasons for purchasing this set unless one has a taste for the macabre.

K 543 was recorded in the same month - February 1966 - as Uncle Karl's K 297b with the Berlin Philharmonic (and the latter is arguably his best-ever recording). The great form (in E Flat Major) continues: this is warmhearted and wise music-making. It is an invitation to luxuriate in both the breadth of Mozart's vision and the opulence of a great orchestra at its zenith.

The Jupiter likewise commands respect: it is spring-heeled and dramatic. Repeats are few but their omission is a blessing. The Berlin Philharmonic red-lines itself in the finale where Mozart invokes the Music of the Spheres. And yet this is not its first manifestation to the market, CD-wise. DG originally released this cycle in the late 1980s in the famous sea-green box with minimal documentation (being rarer than hen's teeth, it is not listed on Amazon). K 551 sounded ever so punchy in this earlier issue. In attempting to add more ambiance to the baseline, the Original Image Bit Processing fatally undermined its pungency. Track down a copy of the older issue; they are readily available.

It comes down to this: do you want to abet Uncle Karl's subliminal urge to be a mortician or would you rather listen to a Mozart who is vibrantly alive?
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