Various Artists - Mozart: Symphonies 38-41





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Disc Of The Year – BBC Music Awards 2009

Top 10 on the UK Classical Charts

"This double CD of the composer's last four symphonies contains no surprises – it is every bit as good as you would expect." – Gramophone

"These two discs show as clearly as any I know the largeness of the human spirit, and renew one's astonishment at Mozart's sovereign genius." – BBC Music Magazine

"Mackerras's performance is as thrilling as one would expect from this great Mozart conductor." – The Sunday Times

This eagerly anticipated addition to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra series sees Mozart specialist Sir Charles Mackerras deliver a truly memorable recording of Mozart's last four symphonies. The "Vienna" Symphonies show Mozart at his most diverse, both in musical content and in orchestral coloration.


Symphony No. 38 in D major (‘Prague’)
K.504 - I Adagio - Allegro
K.504 - II Andante
K.504 - III Finale: Presto

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K.543
I Adagio - Allegro
II Andante con moto
III Minuetto (Allegretto) & Trio
IV Finale: Allegro

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550
I Molto allegro
II Andante
III Menuetto: Allegretto
IV Finale: Allegro assai

Symphony No. 41 in C major (‘Jupiter’), K.551
I Allegro vivace
II Andante cantabile
III Menuetto: Allegretto
IV Molto allegro

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

Sparkling Mozart in Surround Sound

posted on 03/16/2008
5 Stars
Reviewer: XIC
It is without question that the music on this recording is some of the most sublime in the classical music world, so a review in this case need only address sound and performance, both of which are truly excellent.

Using DSD technology, the SACD multichannel layer gives you a very realistic sound space, where you can almost visualize being inside the hall where it was recorded. The center, surround left and surround right speakers are used mostly for ambient, reverberant sound. While I normally prefer to hear the center speaker used as part of the orchestral soundstage, the feeling of natural hall acoustics that this recording gives makes up for that and works quite nicely.

As with all Hybrid SACDs, there is a multichannel and stereo SACD layer, and as a bonus, the regular CD layer is in HDCD, if your system can reproduce that. If not, it will read as a normal CD.

With four Mozart symphonies played tightly with enthusiasm and energy, this set is truly outstanding.

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