Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague' - CD

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Hummel: Mozart’s Symphonies

Hummel: Mozart’s Symphonies


Mozart:

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

arranged for flute, violin, cello and piano by Hummel

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543

arranged for flute, violin, cello and piano by Hummel

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

arranged for flute, violin, cello and piano by Hummel


Uwe Grodd (flute), Friedemann Eichhorn (violin), Martin Rummel (cello) & Roland Krüger (piano)

Hummel stands as the last in the great Viennese line which embraced Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. He lived and studied with Mozart in his youth and, despite a career which saw him triumph as a conductor, composer and virtuoso pianist, Hummel never lost his reverence for his celebrated teacher. Intensified through changes in dynamics and the addition of extra accents, these stunningly effective arrangements preserve the integrity of Mozart’s masterpieces while demonstrating a heartfelt appreciation and understanding of the greatest symphonies of his “immortal master”.

Naxos - 8572841

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$8.75

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Mozart - Symphonies Volume 10

Mozart - Symphonies Volume 10


Mozart:

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'


Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Adam Fischer

This is the tenth volume in the Dacapo's acclaimed series of the complete symphonies by W.A. Mozart, recorded by the Danish National Chamber Orchestra and their renowned Austro-Hungarian chief conductor Adam Fischer.

It features two of Mozart's mature and most treasured symphonies nicknamed Haffner and Prague, composed in the composer's last decade, the 1780s.

“Fischer takes on a wealth of memorable competition...Just try the [Haffner] finale's limpid opening and the 'shock-tactic' timpani-dominated onslaught that follows. Exciting isn't the word...There's some very sensitive phrasing in the first and second movements [of the Prague]” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

“Adam Fischer gives as fine a chamber orchestra performance of the Haffner symphony as you’ll hear anywhere...what impresses me about Fischer is that he uses his chamber forces to bring a fresh perspective on these Mozart symphonies. In this he demonstrates a gain in clarity of texture and argument without any loss of impact.” MusicWeb International, 7th November 2013

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Dacapo Adam Fischer Mozart Symphonies - 6220545

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Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38 & 41

Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38 & 41


Mozart:

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'


Conducting the musicians of the Freiburger Barockorchester, René Jacobs offers us a chance to rediscover two symphonies of ‘classic' status, originally released in 2007.

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Harmonia Mundi - HMX2901958

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Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 35, 38 & 39

Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 35, 38 & 39


Mozart:

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543


Sony Classical Masters - 88697712902

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$8.00

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Mozart - Symphonies Nos. 33, 35 & 38

Mozart - Symphonies Nos. 33, 35 & 38


Mozart:

Symphony No. 33 in B flat major, K319

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'


This ensemble was formed in 1946 and is famed for its rapid ability to make sense of new “unplayable” scores, while at the same time being equally familiar with the requirements of “historical performing practice.”

Glor Classics - GC08151

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$18.00

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Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague', etc.

Mozart:

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K314

Exsultate, jubilate, K165

Serenade No. 10 in B flat major, K361 'Gran Partita'

Mozart, L:

Trumpet Concerto in D major


L'Orchestre da la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4800379

(CD - 2 discs)

$15.00

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Mozart - Symphonies Nos. 38 - 41

Mozart - Symphonies Nos. 38 - 41


Mozart:

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'


“Mackerras's performance is as thrilling as one would expect from this great Mozart conductor. Possibly their finest record to date…I don't know more enthralling accounts of the G minor and the Jupiter on disc.” Sunday Times

“Mackerras doesn't short-change us on the tenderness and often painful lyricism… nor is he afraid to relax the tempo as a festive or belligerent motif gives way to a gentler one, with the strings… ravishing us with their tone.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2008 *****

“…rarely will you hear such well judged orchestral balance, such effective marrying of textural transparency an substance. The Jupiter in particular has a wonderful bright grandeur, yet reveals details in the brilliant contrapuntal kaleidoscope of the finale that too often go unheard.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2008

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

“There is no need to argue the credentials of Sir Charles Mackerras as a Mozart interpreter, so let us just say that this double CD of the composer's last four symphonies contains no surprises – it is every bit as good as you would expect. Like many modern-instrument performances these days it shows the period-orchestra influence in its lean sound, agile dynamic contrasts, sparing string vibrato, rasping brass, sharp-edged timpani and prominent woodwind, though given Mackerras's long revisionist trackrecord it seems an insult to suggest that he would not have arrived at such a sound of his own accord. And in any case his handling of it – joyously supported by the playing of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra – is supremely skilled; rarely will you hear such well judged orchestral balance, such effective marrying of textural transparency and substance. The Jupiter in particular has a wonderful bright grandeur, yet reveals details in the brilliant contrapuntal kaleidoscope of the finale that too often go unheard.
Seldom, either, will you hear such expertly chosen tempi; generally these performances are on the quick side, but rather than seeming harddriven they exude forward momentum effortlessly worn. Nowhere is this better shown in the slow movements (even with all their repeats they never flag, yet their shifting expressive moods are still tenderly drawn), but also conspicuously successful are the slow introductions to Symphonies Nos 38 and 39 and the Minuet movements of Nos 40 and 39.
These are not Mozart performances for the romantics out there, but neither are they in the least lacking in humanity. No, this is thoroughly modern-day Mozart, full of wisdom and leaving the listener in no doubt of the music's ineffable greatness.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice - March 2008

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2009

Disc of the Year & Orchestral Award Winner

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Linn - CKD308

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Mozart - Symphonies

Mozart - Symphonies


Mozart:

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'


“Such has been the admiration (if not always affection) for René Jacobs's Mozart operas, and so striking have been the contributions of the period orchestras involved, that it seems only natural that he should try his hand at a couple of the great man's symphonies. The results fascinate in places and infuriate in others, but never lack for talking-points.
The Jupiter is the more successful, showing the kind of 'inside-out' rethink with which Roger Norrington used to enrage and delight. The first movement is playful, with Jacobs toning down the Olympian grandeur and mischievously emphasising the buffo elements – the chuckling third theme is given the special treatment of a slower tempo and subsequent accelerando, with one statement even adorned with an exuberant upward violin slide. The slow movement, luminous and taken at a perfectly judged brisk walking pace, will be less contentious, but not so the Minuet, which races by at an initially disturbing yet ultimately exhilaratingly satisfying one-in-a-bar. After all this creative energy, the surprisingly steady finale seems to lack ideas by comparison, though its contrapuntal panache gains much from the clarity Jacobs draws from the excellent Freiburg band.
Crisp and boisterous orchestral playing likewise characterises the Prague, though here Jacobs seems to find it more difficult to find a way into the heart of the music. The first movement has a stricter pulse than in the Jupiter, and, while the development emerges as a thrilling battleground, the second subject's beautifully consoling woodwind lines are shown none of the loving tenderness they deserve. The Andante seems uncertain of its tempo (Jacobs is not the first conductor to struggle here), and the finale does not quite convince at its supersonic speed.
Nevertheless, this is an intriguing and invigorating disc; Jacobs's Jupiter, at least, qualifies as among the most thought-provoking of recent years.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Harmonia Mundi - HMC901958

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Mozart - Symphonies

Mozart - Symphonies


Mozart:

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

Symphony No. 36 in C major, K425 'Linz'

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'


“These performances come from the first ever complete set of Mozart symphonies (reviewed above), and they still represent 'big orchestra' Mozart at its most congenial. The contrast between Böhm's sparkling Mozart, both elegant and vigorous, and the much smoother view taken by Karajan on his countless recordings with the same orchestra, works almost entirely in Böhm's favour here. Interpretatively, these are performances very much of their time, with exposition repeats the exception (as in the first movement of No 40) and with minuets taken at what now seem like lumbering speeds. However, the slow movements certainly flow easily enough, and finales bounce along infectiously.
Consistently they convey the happy ease of Böhm in Mozart, even if the recording is beefy by today's standards, not as transparent as one now expects in this repertory, whether on modern or period instruments.
There's some inconsistency between the different recordings, all made in the Jesus-Christus Kirche in Berlin. The best sound comes from the sessions in 1966 for the Linz and No 39 – satisfyingly full without any perceptible edginess on violins – and the least good from 1959 for the Prague, where high violins sound rather fizzy.
Yet the very precision of the CD transfers encourages one to highlight such points. In practice most collectors will find the sound more than acceptable enough in all six symphonies to convey the warmth of Böhm in Mozart without distraction.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

Building a Library

Mid-Price Choice - November 2002

DG Originals - 4474162

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Herbert von Karajan

Herbert von Karajan


Beethoven:

Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Mozart:

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'


Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano), Nicolaï Gedda (tenor), Nicola Zaccaria (bass)

Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Vienna, Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan

Including rehearsal and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf talking about the recording

Testament - SBT2126

(CD - 2 discs)

$33.00

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