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4.0 out of 5 stars The Wild Man - Seeker of Grace, Slayer of Cities., 25 July 2014
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This review is from: Nikolaus Harnoncourt Conducts Mozart Early Symphonies (Audio CD)
Nikolaus Harnoncourt - the Wild Man of Borneo - recorded Mozart's early symphonies for Deutsche Harmonia Mundi over a decade or so. Whatever their merits might be, this compilation offers convergence.

There's more virility here than charm. At times, the Wild Man is a proxy for Richard III: "I am not in the giving vein today." This manifests itself in performances such as K 45b, K 48, K 74, K 76, K 110, K 112; their pacey, acerbic slow movements offer little sustenance. The performance of K 75 - what a creation - is somewhat flaccid compared with Pinnock. I cannot hear anything memorable in K 183 which is a mere exposition of raw energy.

On the other hand, performances such as K 22, K 43, K 45a (Old Lambach - wow), K 129, K 132, K 133, K 134 and K 162 are revelatory.

Brimful of character, thought-provoking and never bland, this well-recorded compilation warrants consideration as you hunt down the Salzburg Kid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up Close and Personal with Mr Mozart, 4 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Nikolaus Harnoncourt Conducts Mozart Early Symphonies (Audio CD)
Which words to describe one of the best Mozart recordings?
Exciting.....warm sound.....alive....polished....busy....sophisticated.....Amazing.... Harnoncourt at his rip roaring best?
Yes to all the above, and so much more.

I bought the download of this tremendous 7 CD set back in September and listened to this cycle so much that in November i bought it again this time as the 7 discs!
It is of course all a matter of musical taste. I already owned the Jeffery Tate Symphonies, (which included some greatness and perhaps sweeter heavenly harp like violins) - but these 126 recordings of Mozart's Early Symphonies are something very special indeed. In fact I would go as far as to say that ( along with 'Les Plus Belles Symphonies') that i have never heard a more completely absorbing and more playable classical experience of Wolfgang Amadeus. Thank You Nick you are a Legend.
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