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Complete Mozart Edition, Vol. 1: The Symphonies
     

Complete Mozart Edition, Vol. 1: The Symphonies

by Neville Marriner
 
For many, perhaps most, listeners, Mozart's symphonies are the peak of his orchestral works. Although the first 20 or so are relatively immature works, the next dozen are fully mature masterpieces and the last half-dozen made Mozart's reputation as one of the supreme symphonists. Because while the first 20 or so are brilliantly polished and

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For many, perhaps most, listeners, Mozart's symphonies are the peak of his orchestral works. Although the first 20 or so are relatively immature works, the next dozen are fully mature masterpieces and the last half-dozen made Mozart's reputation as one of the supreme symphonists. Because while the first 20 or so are brilliantly polished and wonderfully energetic works, and the next dozen are gorgeously elegant and marvelously colorful works, the last half dozen are incredibly deep and unbelievably high, intensely human, and essentially sublime works whose melodies, harmonies, counterpoints, and rhythms are the artistic incarnation of the eternal and the infinite. So for many, perhaps most, listeners, the question is not "Shall I get a set of Mozart's symphonies?," but "Which set of Mozart's symphonies should I get?" There are several good reasons for trying this one by Neville Marriner leading the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields issued as part of Philips' complete Mozart Edition in 1991. Although the recordings were made in the '70s, the sound is crisp and deep with the special Philips' combination of clarity and immediacy that no other label had at the time. The performances themselves are strongest in the first 30 or so symphonies. Marriner and the Academy are as light, sprightly, and sparkling as one could ask and the ineffable glimmer of the music has rarely been so well caught. The last half-dozen symphonies are as well played and as elegantly conducted, but compared with the depths of Furtwängler's mysticism, the heights of Walter's lyricism, the weight of Klemperer's gravity, or the warmth of Böhm's humanity, they may ultimately seem less satisfying. Still, Furtwängler, Walter, Klemperer, and Böhm rarely led the first three-dozen symphonies, leaving the field open to Marriner.

Editorial Reviews

Penguin Guide to Compact Discs
Marriner's recordings confirm the Mozartian vitality of the performances and their sense of style and spontaneity. The Philips engineers respond with alive and vivid recording.... The finesse and warmth of the playing here is a constant joy.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2006
Label:
Philips
UPC:
0028946477021
catalogNumber:
000568602

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Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, K. 16
  2. Symphony No. 4 in D major, K. 19
  3. Symphony in F major (fragment), K. Anh. 223 (K. 19a)
  4. Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, K. 22
  5. Symphony No. 6 in F major, K. 43
  6. Symphony No. 7 in D major, K. 45
  7. Symphony in G major ("New Lambach"), Eisen G 16
  8. Symphony No. 7a in G major ("Alte Lambacher"), K. Anh. 221 (K. 45a)
  9. Symphony No. 55 in B flat major, K. Anh. 214 (K. 45b)
  10. Symphony No. 8 in D major, K. 48
  11. Minuet for 2 flutes & strings in A major, (K. 61g/1)
  12. Symphony No. 9 in C major, K. 73
  13. Symphony No. 10 in G major, K. 74
  14. Symphony No. 42 in F major, K. 75
  15. Symphony No. 43 in F major, K. 76 (K. 42a)
  16. Symphony No. 44 in D major, K. 81 (K. 73l)
  17. Symphony No. 11 in D major, K. 84 (K. 73q)
  18. Symphony No. 45 in D major, K. 95 (K. 73n)
  19. Symphony No. 46 in C major, K. 96 (K. 111b)
  20. Symphony No. 47 in D major, K. 97 (K. 73m)
  21. Symphony No. 12 in G major, K. 110 (K. 75b)
  22. Symphony No. 13 in F major, K. 112
  23. Symphony No. 14 in A major, K. 114
  24. Symphony No. 14 in A major, K. 114: III. Menuetto (alternative)
  25. Symphony No. 15 in G major, K. 124
  26. Symphony No. 16 in C major, K. 128
  27. Symphony No. 17 in G major, K. 129
  28. Symphony No. 18 in F major, K. 130
  29. Symphony No. 19 in E flat major, K. 132
  30. Symphony No. 19 in E flat major, K. 132: II. Andantino grazioso (alternative)
  31. Symphony No. 20 in D major, K. 133
  32. Symphony No. 50 in D major, K. 161/163 (K. 141a)
  33. Symphony No. 48 in D major, K. 120 (K. 111a)
  34. Symphony No. 51 in D major, K. 121 (K. 207a)
  35. Symphony No. 52 in C major, K. 102 (K. 213c)
  36. Symphony No. 21 in A major, K. 134
  37. Symphony No. 22 in C major, K. 162
  38. Symphony No. 23 in D major, K. 181 (K. 162b)
  39. Symphony No. 24 in B flat major, K. 182 (K. 173dA)
  40. Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183 (K. 173dB)
  41. Symphony No. 26 in E flat major, K. 184 (K. 161a)
  42. Symphony No. 27 in G major, K. 199 (K. 161b)
  43. Symphony No. 28 in C major, K. 200 (K. 189k)
  44. Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201 (K. 186a)
  45. Symphony No. 30 in D major, K. 202 (K. 186b)
  46. Symphony No. 31 in D major ("Paris"), K. 297 (K. 300a)
  47. Symphony No. 31 in D major ("Paris"), K. 297 (K. 300a): II. Andante (alternative)
  48. Symphony No. 32 in G major, K. 318
  49. Symphony No. 33 in B flat major, K. 319
  50. Symphony No. 34 in C major, K. 338
  51. Symphony No. 35 in D major ("Haffner"), K. 385
  52. Symphony No. 36 in C major ("Linz"), K. 425
  53. Minuet for orchestra in C major, K. 409 (K. 383f)
  54. Symphony No. 37 in G major, K. 444 (K. 425a): Adagio maestoso in G, K 444/425a
  55. Symphony No. 38 in D major ("Prague"), K. 504
  56. Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K. 543
  57. Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
  58. Symphony No. 41 in C major ("Jupiter"), K. 551

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