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

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Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38-41

Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38-41

Stereo · Recorded In 1981-1984


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'


As both a dynamic pioneer of historically informed performance and a musician steeped in the Viennese symphonic tradition, Nikolaus Harnoncourt – conducting the magnificent Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – provides illuminating interpretations of Mozart’s last four symphonies. As he said in a BBC interview in 2012: “The music of Mozart … is always up to date, never old music.”

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Warner Classics Original Jacket Reissues - 2564640071

(CD - 2 discs)

$12.75

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Carl Schuricht conducts Bruckner & Mozart

Carl Schuricht conducts Bruckner & Mozart

Previously unpublished


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Mozart:

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


GGramophone Magazine

Re-issue of the Month - April 2015

Testament - SBT21498

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$20.25

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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.

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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Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38 & 39

Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38 & 39


Mozart:

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

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543


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Philips - 4262832

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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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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

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Mozart - Symphonies

Mozart - Symphonies


Mozart:

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

Symphony No. 29 in A major, K201

Symphony No. 33 in B flat major, K319

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

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


ABBADO 2008 is a celebration of Claudio Abbado's 75th birthday in June, and a cornucopia of six releases is planned to mark the occasion. These include two new Mozart recordings; a new version of his landmark Beethoven symphony cycle plus a new collection of Beethoven concertos; a DVD of Abbado in Concert; as well as a new CD compilation, for which Abbado himself made the selections. Two Times Mozart – Symphonies and Violin Concertos. The two new recordings are both Mozart themed. They feature the Orchestra Mozart, a handpicked group of players founded in Bologna in 2004, with Abbado as their artistic director – and with Giuliano Carmignola as concert-master. Both recordings bear witness to Abbado’s continuing love of Mozart. Abbado has prepared the orchestra by touring throughout Italy – gathering acclaim for their performances, not only for their Mozart, but also Bach (Brandenburg Concertos) and other composers. The energy and freshness found in the performances of the Violin Concertos is also evident in the recordings of five Mozart symphonies, including the "Haffner", the "Prague" and the "Jupiter". Consider these as Abbado’s “home recordings” of the five symphonies – recorded live from concerts in Bologna, Bolzano, Modena and Ferrara between 2004 and 2006 – giving them an extraordinary, raw energy, with the impact of drama and lyricism at the forefront. The recordings of Symphonies nos. 33 and 38 (Prague) are new to Abbado’s discography.

“Throughout these symphonies, recorded "live" with his young, hand-picked orchestra, articulation is crisp and pointed, vibrato abstemiously applied. Mozart's intricate contrapuntal textures in the first movement of the Prague and the finale of the Jupiter have rarely sounded so lucid. There is no denying the finesse of Abbado's phrasing and his care for inner detail. The flowing tempos for the andantes are ideally chosen. Too often, though, I hear coolness, a touch of over-calculation, in Abbado's conducting. Some of the detached, period-style bowing can sound finicky. The outer movements of the Jupiter and the stupendous first movement of the Prague have nothing like the incandescence of Charles Mackerras's recent Scottish Chamber Orchestra recordings (Linn).” The Telegraph, 26th July 2008

“The booklet quotes Abbado saying, “The study of phrasing in Mozart is endless.” Yes indeed, and the fruits are borne out in the conductor's live performances of five selected symphonies with his bouncy, young Orchestra Mozart. The Haffner first movement is especially thrilling and the pianissimos in No 29 would charm a mouse. Effects in No 33 seem more heavy-handed, but the set’s major drawback is the sound: constricted in tuttis, lacking air.” The Times, 25th July 2008 ***

“Mozart emerges here as a vital elixir: using the period-instrument orchestra he founded to perform music of the classical era, Abbado brings a time-honoured Mozartian tradition, learnt from the pianists Friedrich Gulda and Rudolf Serkin, to bear on these much-recorded works. The prestos of the Haffner and “Prague” positively tingle with excitement; the great finale of the Jupiter reveals Mozart’s complex counterpoint with unerring clarity. Textures are bright and clear, the balance between wind and strings is ideal and the sublime melodies of the slow movements are “sung” with an Italianate cantilena Mozart would surely have revelled in. A classic set.” Sunday Times, 10th August 2008 *****

“This is some of the best Mozart conducting you will ever hear. These performances are above all triumphs of experience, innate musicality and understanding, meticulous yet clear thinking, and… the art of listening.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2008

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2008

DG Archiv - 4777598

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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

“The excellent SCO shows a remarkable ability to alternate seamlessly between passages of tenderness and beauty and those of intensity and excitement. Mackerras makes sure you hear everything you need to, with every phrase carefully shaped and intricately balanced...In all, an enthralling and thoroughly recommended release. Even if you own these works already, you won’t have heard them like this before!” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 18th February 2014

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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