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    Question Late Mozart symphonies....your favorite recordings......

    What are your favorite recordings of the later Mozart symphonies?
    Say from 29 on up to 41.
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    Default I started out on Burgundy but soon hit the harder stuff...

    I often listen to the last 3 symphonies - 41 'Jupiter' is my favorite.

    These days I tend to like big, oppulent, solemn, slow HIPster like Jordi Savall's new recording.
    My favorite among these is probably still Philip Herreweghe on Phi.
    The two recordings by Frans Brüggen (a "recent" one on Glossa and an older one on Philips) are also good.

    I should revisit N. Harnoncourt's recording on Sony with the Concentus Musicus Wien haven't heard it for a long time.

    A bit more mainstream HIP approach is to be found if you follow the path of Immerseel with Anima Eterna or Charles McKerras with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on Linn. (You should avoid the earlier complete set with McKerras and the Prague Chamber Orchestra on Telarc - I don't like the sound on those recordings - I never listen to them).

    I can post pictures and links if needed.
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    late Mozart symphonies are core works of the basic orchestra repertoire...
    they've been performed and recorded by virtually every great, and not-so-great conductor and orchestra...

    my favorites -

    Reiner - late ones, but no #38, with Chicago and PittsSO
    Walter - NYPO and ColSO
    Szell/Cleveland
    Solti - only have 38, 39, 41.

    Reiner, Szell and Solti are all quite muscular, virile, yet with clear textures and good balances between sections.
    Walter is more "romantic", he really leans into the tunes, esp slow movements, but it is so beautifully done, the phrasing warm and exquisite. I esp like the big, hefty woodwind sound of the early 50s NYPO section.

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    Bruno Walter/Columbia SO. Karl Böhm/Vienna PO. Neville Marriner/ASMF. These are my favorites. But I still need to hear that new Jordi Savall!

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    Some - pretty diverse - favourites are Karajan/EMI, Harnoncourt/CtGebouw, Bruno Walter/stereo, Britten/ECO (no.40).
    More on LP, but I'd have to check.
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    Also, Otto Klemperer is really good in the 40th symphony. Haven't heard much else he's done. For me, the old-school Teutonic conductors are best in Mozart.

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    Szell was my intro to Mozart - and my imprint
    I also like Klemperer, Mackerras and Walter. I need to listen again to the earlier Philharmonic recordings included in Sony's last Walter box.
    Never cared for Bohm
    Working my way through Pinnock, but I've been saving the last six.

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    Bohm, Walter, Marriner. I don't like angular or strident Mozart.
    Last edited by bigshot; Aug-21-2019 at 00:52.

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    «The Last Six Symphonies» (Nos. 35–41)
    :: Casals/Marlboro Festival Orchestra; Festival Casals Orchestra of Puerto Rico (No. 36) [Columbia ’59–’68]

    Casals and company’s virile, muscular performances really bring these symphonies to life for me, making most modern-day accounts sound fussy and effeminate by comparison. The playing is a bit roughhewn, and inner detail is correspondingly coarsened and degraded, but the shaping of the music and the spirit of the music-making are so to my taste that such negative thoughts are swept away almost as soon as things kick off. Listeners possessed of a more inside-out/detail-oriented nature will not be so enamored, I’m sure, but crusty old farts who can’t hear worth a damn in any event will be as pleased as Punch.

    If the set has a weak link, it’s the recording of “Linz,” which is less well-played and -recorded than the rest: it was made in 1959 with the Festival Casals Orchestra of Puerto Rico, and so is the odd man out in this set. Still, it’s a pretty good account, but it doesn’t have that revitalized/rejuvenated Indian summer magic of the Marlboro accounts. The 3-CD set is from Sony Japan; I don’t know if it’s available otherwise.

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    For HIP I play these often (Glover is a dark horse under the radar):





    For modern orchestra sound these get regular playback (Klemp was a surprise for me, love it):

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    ^^^^ Continue modern orchestra:


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    Harnoncourt/Concertgebouw, Fischer/Danish Chamber Orchestra, Krips/Concertgebouw

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    My favorite is Bernstein/VPO. Some of his best stuff.


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    If you like HIP Pinnock is very good on 40 and 41.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    What are your favorite recordings of the later Mozart symphonies?
    Say from 29 on up to 41.
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    40, Bruggen (with two Orchestras),
    38 Harnoncourt CMW (on a DVD) , Peter Maag (can’t remember which one, there are two!)

    I can’t comment about the other two with any confidence.
    Last edited by Mandryka; Aug-21-2019 at 10:51.

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