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Excellent Mozart collection - accessibly priced too
on 26 May 2013
Bought in January 2013 and have not quite finished all the symphonies, but am far enough through to say that this is a great compilation and gives a good view of how Mozart's musicality changed over the course of his life and between pieces.
I'm listening to #24 and #25 at the moment and the difference between the two is amazing, particularly as they were written in the same week (October 1773, when he was just 17). #24 is light and insubstantial, coming in at less than 10 minutes; #25 altogether more weighty and complex - one can see its influence in later symphonies.
The Pinnock recording is bright and well produced - I don't have another collection of symphonies to compare it to. I bought this as the price (£23 at the time) and the rave reviews recommended it - and I'm delighted with the purchase. It comes in a small box with each CD in a slip case - hard to get in and out, so I'd recommend transfer to something easier if you are going to listen to it often. There is also a great booklet which helps to put each work into context.
Highly recommended, particularly if Amazon keeps the price down!