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    Quote Originally Posted by stomanek View Post
    Listened to classic fm last night a perf of sy 40 - not knowing who conductor is. I heard 2nd 3rd 4th mvts - I thought the 2nd mvt best i've ever heard it played - it can sound repetitive in the wrong hands(eg karajan) - but this was superb. anyway it was JE Gardiner.
    I rate Gardiner's Mozart quite a bit higher than his much vaunted Bach, which I find heartless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heck148 View Post
    I'm not sure I would make a case for it - but the operas certainly show Mozart's artistry to great effect - the great vocal lines, the coherent form, the wonderful use of ensemble, the sense of drama and the constant melodic flow are certainly evident....

    I had the opportunity to work with at least 3 great "Mozartians" as a performer - Boris Goldovsky, the opera guru; Walter Hendl, a great conductor, and Frank Glazer a wonderful pianist who specialized in chamber music....all of them stressed, in different ways, the constant flow of melody, the beautifully sustained melodic lines, the excellence of the form.....Glazer voiced the view that the essence of Mozart could be found in the operas, that of Beethoven in the symphonies, and that of Schubert in his songs....Goldovsky, I believe, felt the same way - his knowledge, and love of the operas was immense, and working with him on the Mozart operas was a special treat, indeed. with Hendl - it was the sustained flow of the music, the perfect form...
    I don't know if I've answered your question - but these guys were really heavy hitters, who all had a profound effect on my career as a professional music performer.
    I wouldn't have said Hendl at least was noted for his Mozart. I don't think he recorded any apart from concertos with Heifetz
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    I wouldn't have said Hendl at least was noted for his Mozart. I don't think he recorded any apart from concertos with Heifetz
    I performed several Mozart and Haydn works with him, including Mozart g minor....he definitely knew his stuff....got everyone right into it.

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    My favorite of this group is #40. The first movement is amazing! #25 is my fourth favorite Mozart symphony of all. Here is my order from Mozart's last six:

    1. #40
    2. #41
    3. #39
    4. #36
    5. #35
    6. #38
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    My favourite single movement from any of them is the miraculous finale of no.41. As complete works they'd rank as follows for me:

    1. No.39
    2. No.41
    3. No.36
    4. No.40
    5. No.38
    6. No.35

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    My favourite cycle must be Jeffrey Tate's of the last symphonies. His No. 41 is my fav. No. 40 by Britten, No. 39 by Walter. No. 35 by Szell, even with no repeats.

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