- Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183 (K. 173dB)
- Serenade No. 6 for orchestra in D major ("Serenata Notturna"), K. 239
- Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201 (K. 186a)
- Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
- Symphony No. 38 in D major ("Prague"), K. 504
This collection provides an excellent sampling of Mozart's 40-odd symphonies. Believe it or not, the composer was just a teenager when he wrote his first symphonic masterpiece, the Symphony no. 25 in G Minor. The music's many moods and the dramatic use of sudden silences foreshadow the great operas he would create more than a decade later. The Symphony No. 29 in A Major is another treasure from the boy wonder; it's less theatrical, but it's more affably lyrical. The Symphony No. 38 in D Major -- written some 12 years later -- is a mature, miraculous work, breathtaking in its melodic abundance. Mozart throws one tune after another into the air, then juggles them all with such ease that it seems it couldn't have been done any other way. The well-known Symphony No. 40 in G Minor (1788) has a dark, dramatic intensity that recalls the earlier G Minor Symphony (No. 25). Benjamin Britten, one of the great composers of the 20th century and a consummate musician, gives us one of the warmest and wisest Mozart performances on record.