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    Quote Originally Posted by Animal the Drummer View Post
    I haven't heard that much of him [Böhm] in Mozart over the years so I'm not taking issue with this in any general way, but he did a fine job of accompanying Pollini in piano concertos 19 and 23 on a DG recording in (I think) the 70s.
    Since I'm a fan of neither Böhm nor Pollini, I haven't sought this one out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    Since I'm a fan of neither Böhm nor Pollini, I haven't sought this one out.
    I enjoyed some 200 years ago Böhm's recording of the late 25 symphonies on DG (LP collection), Knorf's comments notwithstanding . However, I have not listened to it for many years. I have the Mackerras on CD but they never caught up with me... Any recommendations?

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    Well, if you like the Böhm, but don't like Mackerras, I'd say give Harnoncourt a try. He made Mozart symphony recordings with the RCO, CoE, and CMW: all have their strengths.

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    i would say Bernstein's set on DG.
    Very good sound. And wonderful performance.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    I thought if VitellioScarpia found Mackerras a bit hard driven, he might find Bernstein's a bit that way as well. But maybe not! Anyway, I like them, myself.

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    W. A. MOZART ~ The Last Six Symphonies (Nos. 35–41)
    :: Casals/Marlboro Festival Orchestra; Festival Casals Orchestra of Puerto Rico (No. 36) [Columbia ’59–’68] Sony Japan 3-CD set

    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 in the moment. 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 spirited 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 decent account, but it doesn’t have that revitalized/rejuvenated Indian summer magic of the Marlboro accounts. There was a single-CD release of 35, 40 & 41 widely available for a time, but I’ve not seen 36, 38 & 39 on CD outside of the Sony Japan set.

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    Mackerras!!!!!!!


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    Daniel Barenboim and the ECO (EMI/Warner) have been my all time favourites. Quite ancient recordings but the performances make up for it.

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    Harnoncourt: the RCO is beautiful, the CMW is Zany but might well be my favorite. It ain’t dull!

    Bernstein/Vienna Philharmonic(DG)

    I also agree that the Mackerras/Scottish CO is very good. Didn’t much care for his Telarc set. Not sure why. I’ve still got it so maybe I’ll give it another go.

    For beauty of orchestral execution Levine/Vienna Phil (DG)
    Last edited by Gray Bean; Jun-08-2020 at 00:59.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirge View Post
    W. A. MOZART ~ The Last Six Symphonies (Nos. 35–41)
    :: Casals/Marlboro Festival Orchestra; Festival Casals Orchestra of Puerto Rico (No. 36) [Columbia ’59–’68] Sony Japan 3-CD set
    This is a great set, worth seeking out. I forgot about it - that's what happens when I rely on memory and don't actually look on the shelf to see what's there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Bean View Post
    I also agree that the Mackerras/Scottish CO is very good. Didn’t much care for his Telarc set. Not sure why. I’ve still got it so maybe I’ll give it another go.
    For me, the Telarc recordings are well executed but bland, lacking energy, imagination, and personality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    For me, the Telarc recordings are well executed but bland, lacking energy, imagination, and personality.
    Yes, the performances on the Linn recordings open up quite a lot, and are much less "safe" sounding.

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    Dramatic new entry Herzog 39-41 uses small size orchestra very clear textures, similar in style to Jacobs DHM, Naive label sound excellent as usual.........

    If you liked Krivine LVB set for Naive, this is for you
    Last edited by DarkAngel; Jun-08-2020 at 13:12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Bean View Post
    Harnoncourt: the RCO is beautiful, the CMW is Zany but might well be my favorite. It ain’t dull!

    Bernstein/Vienna Philharmonic(DG)

    I also agree that the Mackerras/Scottish CO is very good. Didn’t much care for his Telarc set. Not sure why. I’ve still got it so maybe I’ll give it another go.

    For beauty of orchestral execution Levine/Vienna Phil (DG)
    I have the Mackerras on Telarc.

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    I'm glad to see so many in favor of Bernstein/Vienna on DG. Put me down likewise. Interesting that Bernstein was never known much as a champion of Mozart.

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