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Mozart: Symphonies 38-41 Hybrid SACD

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  • Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (25 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Linn
  • ASIN: B0011J2R0K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,671 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Symphony No 38 in D major (`Prague'), K.504 Symphony
  2. No 39 in E flat major, K.543
  3. Symphony No 40 in G minor, K.550
  4. Symphony No 41 in C major (`Jupiter'), K.551

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This recording was named BBC Music Magazine's one of '5 Essential Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart' by BBC Music Magazine in 2012 as well as being a winner at the 2009 Classical BRIT Awards (Critics' Award 2009) and the 2009 BBC Music Magazine Awards (Disc of the Year Award and Orchestral Award) In their original review BBC Music Magazine stated: These performances are so exhilarating that I listened to all four symphonies straight through at a first hearing, mesmerised by the variety and intensity of the music itself, sounding here completely fresh, and the virtually flawless renderings by the excellent Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with Sir Charles Mackerras at his most penetrating.' This eagerly anticipated addition to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra series sees Mozart specialist Sir Charles Mackerras deliver a truly memorable recording of Mozart's four last symphonies. This recording was named BBC Music Magazine's one of '5 Essential Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart' by BBC Music Magazine in 2012 as well as being a winner at the 2009 Classical BRIT Awards(Critics Award 2009)and the 2009 BBC Music Magazine Awards(Disc of the Year Award and Orchestral Award).In their original review BBC Music Magazine stated: These performances are so exhilarating that I listened to all four symphonies straight through at a first hearing, mesmerised by the variety and intensity of the music itself, sounding here completely fresh, and the virtually flawless renderings by the excellent Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with Sir Charles Mackerras at his most penetrating.' This much-loved recording has received many awards and plaudits since its release in 2008: Best Classical Record of 2008. The Sunday Times. Best Classical Record of 2008. HMV Choice. A disc of the year. BBC Radio 3's CD Review. A disc of the year. BBC Radio 4's Front Row. A disc of the year. Classic FM's The New CD Show. Gramophone Recommended. Gramophone. Classical CD of the Week. The Sunday Times. Orchestral Disc of the Month. BBC Music Magazine. Album of the Month. HiFi News.

Review

Classical CD of the Week: Possibly their finest record to date...I don't know more enthralling accounts of the G minor and the Jupiter on disc. --The Sunday Times (5 Stars)

Mozart's last four symphonies...have rarely shone as luminously as in these uplifting accounts. --The Observer

Orchestral Disc of the Month: 'exhilarating ... ravishing' --BBC Music Magazine (5 Stars)

Mozart's last four symphonies...have rarely shone as luminously as in these uplifting accounts. --The Observer

Orchestral Disc of the Month: 'exhilarating ... ravishing' --BBC Music Magazine (5 Stars)

Mozart's last four symphonies...have rarely shone as luminously as in these uplifting accounts. --The Observer

Orchestral Disc of the Month: 'exhilarating ... ravishing' --BBC Music Magazine (5 Stars)

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Sir Charles's performances recorded here cover the last four symphonies by Mozart, and these are very good indeed in their category of hybrid (mixture of modern and period (brass) instruments) historically informed performances. Phrasings are articulate and smooth at the same time and textures are utterly clear if not quite as colourful as in all-period instruments recordings. Most importantly, taking all repeats, Sir Charles has successfully kept his listeners in view both these symphonies overall monumental dimensions and the unique finess and beauty in each of their numerous details. SCO plays gloriously and Linn's engineering is equally outstanding. All lovers of Mozart symphonies should take a listen at this.
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It is the mark of a fine conductor that s/he treat Mozart and Haydn symphonies with he same reverence as, say, Beethoven or Bruckner. In his last four symphonies Mozart establishes a standard for symphonic writing that later composers, Beethoven included, were to respond to and build on. Mackerras has long been a Mozartian par excellence, although his earlier recordings of these symphonies are not, in this reviewer's opinion, of the best. These new recordings with the SCO certainly are.

Mackerras adopts a modern approach to these works that is informed by 'period instrument' performances, while still allowing the sort of spaciousness one tends to find in the performances of more 'old school' conductors - Bohm and Bernstein, for example, are both worth hearing in this repertoire, but Mackerras has the edge on both; he is somehow that bit more 'Mozartian'. The SCO is outstanding as always, responding stylishly and gracefully to Mackerras's meticulous detail.

I've been looking for some time for a modern instrument recording of these works that can stand repeated listening and I found it in these; in fact, for me, Mackerras offers the most rounded and consistently pleasing account of these great works and I would recommend them whole-heartedly.
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This set of the last Mozart symphonies was recorded in 2007. It is very complete and very large scale for such a chamber version. These two concepts are a little at odds with themselves - that is large scale on the one hand and chamber orchestra, implying smaller scaled, on the other.

This is Mackerras' third survey of these symphonies and I have heard them all. The first recordings were with the LPO, relatively drily recorded, and preceding his later thoughts about using a smaller chamber orchestra. The second set with the Prague orchestra by contrast had a tendency to sound over resonant and therefore a little bloated. This recording from Scotland achieves the greatest clarity with the right level of bloom for a modern chamber orchestra working at full strength. There is still a sense of inflated chamber orchestra but not to the extent of the Prague set, thus achieving a more appropriate sense of scale compared to the traditional full orchestra compared with the LPO recordings.

Throughout these performances Mackerras shows a clear awareness or current period practice and therefore he adopts tempi which are constantly kept lively. This is coupled with the idea that every single repeat should be observed. This is fine as regards the exposition repeats where there is good reason to hear Mozart's compositional ideas reinforced. However, repeats of the development sections of movements is a relatively unusual decision as it seems somewhat unnecessary dramatically. It's a bit like reading a thriller novel or watching a film where the first part is dealt with in flashback, which related to the exposition being repeated.
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I now own both SACD issues of Sir Charles Mackerras conducting the Scottish Chamber Orchestra performing Mozart's last, but greatest symphonies. The two double SACD's contain Symphonies 29, 31, 32, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40 & 41. These are exceptional recordings and prove once again what a brilliant format DSD (SACD) could be in the right hands. They are an absolute pleasure to listen to, especially on a good audio system, while each booklet provides very interesting insight into the historic significance and Mozart's inspiration and motivation for each of these symphonies.
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For my taste these symphonies are the best of Mozart (along with The Magic Flute opera). Sir Charles MacKerras was a noted conductor of Mozart and produces beautiful performances on this album. It is very sad to learn that he has since passed away, which will make this album even more of a treasure.
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I have been searching for the definitive recording of these the most famous of all of his symphonies and I think I've found it in this offering from Linn, the performance by the Scottish chamber orchestra it has to be said is absolutely superb under Sir Charles' baton, every instrument is clearly heard individually, up until now all I've heard of these symphonies are some hissy 1960's recordings on bargain CD offerings, and a recording of an ECO / Jeffrey Tate performance from 1985 as part of a Mozart 50 cd collector's edition which I made the mistake of purchasing which I'm now going to ditch. If Mackerras can come up with the goods by recording the earlier symphonies I will gladly part with plastic to purchase these as well, Mozart will change your life. 10/10.
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