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Major Symphonies 13-36 38-41 50-52 Box set


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Audio CD, Box set, November 16, 1999
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  • Audio CD (November 16, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00002DETF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,235 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stephen E. Assey on February 14, 2001
I have lived with the Wordworth's discs (Naxos) for several years and although the symphonies are played and recorded well, they are more serviceable then performances of real distinction. I never really enjoyed his performances of # 40 & 41. So my choice was Mackerras on Telarc or Tate on EMI. I sampled many movements from the Mackerras set and found them too brisk and breathless. There is more to Mozart than metronome markings and fleet acrobatics. I opted for the Tate set and from what I have heard so far, I am glad I did. Tate's performances are wonderfully crisp in the outer movements and unhurried in the slow movements. He does caress the music but with out ever being sentimental or over "romanticing" as the big band performances of the 60's (Karajan et al). Tate has the essence of these works and the performances sound and feel perfect. These performances point the listener to the music, to Mozart, and not to an idiosyncratic conductoring style. This is wonderful music played with all the joy, drama, humor, and eloquence that these works contain. There is great clarity in these performances but also the needed weight that the later symphonies require. Excellant disks.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Laykok on June 23, 2000
This is a nearly complete survey of the Mozart symphonies and is a collection of all the recordings Tate made with the English Chamber Orchestra for EMI. However the indiviual discs were sold at full price while you now get the whole lot at less than bargain price per disc!
This really is a steal. The sound is outstanding and the playing is a joy - uncluttered details and polished ensemble are the hallmarks of every performance. Although modern instruments are used there is the unmistakable clarity one associates with period chamber ensembles but without the jarring abrasive tonal quality of period instrumemts that preclude prolonged listening. Tate is also quite generous with the repeats in the outer movements of the symphonies. Buy it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Glenn R Johnson on August 27, 2000
This is a superb set of 31 of the most important of the Mozart symphonies- it is not a complete set in that many of the earliest ones are not included.
That being said, the performances by Tate and the English Chamber Orchestra of the major Mozart symphonies are superbly done, with all the nuances and subtleties one could want in a Mozart performance. The chamber orchestra setting brings out all of the instrumental voices, the sound quality is excellent, and pacing is just right. I've found many other performances to be too rushed, or too slow. Of particular note in this set are #29,31,34,36,38,and 40. But all the perfomances capture the essence of Mozart's magnificent music.
Highly recommended at a bargain price!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2003
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Years ago I bought the Uchida/Tate Mozart piano concerto box set, and just loved it. I have always appreciated Tates command of the orchestra in that set.
So, when I saw that he had recorded a box set of the symphonies for EMI, I jumped at it. I am glad I did.
Tates tempos are crisp and lively in the outer movements, his slow movements have elegance and grace without being too sentimental.
The clarity of texture and timbre color (particularly in the woodwinds) all point to a conductor who understands Mozart. This is not just another conductor who has a set of Mozart symphonies, this is a guy who has a gift for Mozart!!
Kudos to EMI for issuing this set!
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