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Mozart Symphonies 38 Through 41 [Hybrid SACD - DSD]

Scottish Chamber Orchestra , Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Sir Charles Mackerras Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (March 4, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Linn Records
  • ASIN: B0011J2R0K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Symphony No 38 in D major (Prague), K.504
2. Symphony No 39 in E flat major, K.543
Disc: 2
1. Symphony No 40 in G minor, K.550
2. Symphony No 41 in C major (Jupiter), K.551

Editorial Reviews


'the Scottish Chamber Orchestra play Mozart like madmen and women, with a stylistic fury and grace that surely put them at the top of the finest Mozart ensembles anywhere.' --Fanfare

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

'The notion for this review was not a blow-by-blow account of the four symphonies but to stress that regardless of whether you already own four sets of them or are contemplating acquiring your first, Sir Charles Mackerras' vision with the SCO is one of the very finest of the modern era - one that will move you emotionally and at the same time reward with insights that none of the others provides. The fact that the superb recording quality supports the artistic performance so perfectly makes this set a must own and a Blue Moon Award without any reserve.'

Product Description

Winner Critics' Award 2009 - Classical BRIT Awards

Winner Disc of the Year Award 2009 - BBC Music Awards

Winner Orchestral Award 2009 - BBC Music Awards

Winner Album of the Year 2008 - Le Monde de la Musique Choc de l'annee Awards

Orchestral Disc of the Month - BBC Music Magazine

G Star - Recommended - Gramophone

Album of the Year (Symphonic Works) Winner - Midem Classical Awards 2009

Publisher's Choice Recording Winner - StereoMojo Awards 2009

Blue Moon Award -

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invigorating new performances March 7, 2008
Format:Audio CD
How many times have these works been recorded ? Far too many to easily count is the answer. Yet here, in beautiful SACD Stereo (apologies, I am a self-confessed stereophile), are invigorating new performances of works that have been recorded by all the best orchestras and conductors over the last 50 years.

There are three striking things about this release:

1. The magnificent playing of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra,
2. The inspired and thrilling conducting of Sir Charles Mackerras,and
3. The suburb Linn recording.

Linn, in a amazingly clever marketing move, issue all new releases on multi-format discs, so it doesn't matter what sort of equipment you have, you can play them and have them sound excellent. They are Direct Stream Digital recordings in both multi-channel and stereo SACD format, and HDCD as well. I know of no other record label being so generous (and clever). They are also very competitively priced.

Ultimately, it is the fresh interpretations of these works that will make you want to not only buy this set, but play these Symphonies again and again, with a new ear. Mackerras is truly one of the greatest conductors of Mozart. Here is a wonderful example of inspired partnership between orchestra, conductor and record company.

Thoroughly recommended.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful treasure from Mozart and Mackerras August 2, 2008
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What a great treasure Mozart has left us with these four symphonies. Bruno Walter's Columbia recording with the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York of symphony 41 has been a favorite since the fifties. Now I can also enjoy Mackerras' leading wonderful performances of four symphonies in detailed and spacious sound recordings. As an amateur instrumental play I must not comment above my pay grade, but these tempos seem just right. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra plays with great precision and musical feeling. Wonderful detail from all sections of the orchestra is brought out appropriately to contribute to the whole.
A particular pleasure in these performances is the great delicacy of playing from the musicians without loss of any dynamic range or emphasis required by the composer or the conductor. Heartily recommended.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart via Scotland October 16, 2008
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Forget reading the reviews - get these CDs. All the superlatives in the language can't express the exquisite music that awaits you when you play these recordings. Superb musicians led by an astute conductor whose heart is in it, that is a given. No cerebral Mozart here. The size of the orchestra is just right to clearly display the color and instrumental lines to perfection. If one could hear what Mozart heard in his head when he composed these symphonies, this surely must be it. As to the recording, Telarc move over; there is a new company exceeding the quality of your product in spades. These are the best recordings I have ever heard, and I have heard a lot. I pray that Linn continues to produce these CDs. I am going to keep this short because I want to settle in and listen to these beautiful symphonies again. And again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He did it again!!!! Do not miss this recording.... March 14, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Mackerras recorded all Mozart's symphonies for TELARC a few years back. That recording is still a prime recommendation for all those who want the full cycle of this works. More recently, he recorded again some of them for the Linn label and again he produced a very significant set of recordings. The approach Mackerras uses, compared to his TELARC recordings is basically the same, brisk tempos (without losing any clarity) and a lot of energy. The main difference, when comparing this last recordings to the previous ones, is the sound engineering. The TELARC recordings, good as they are, have certain limitations probably due to the advance in digital technology at that time. In this recording, we have the same interpretative goodies plus a much more clear sound. In fact, if you already own Mackerras previous recordings, I would strongly recommend to buy this one anyway. This "Jupiter" symphony goes straight to the top of my list for this work, finally someone managed to surpass Bernstein's recording with the VPO. In short, a disc not to be missed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply magnificent May 24, 2010
Format:Audio CD
After reading the ecstatic reviews this set has received I decided to buy it so I could play it on my new SACD player. The reviews were accurate, and this set has immediately become my standard for these great works. It seems pointless to repeat all the praise concerning the excellence of the conducting, the orchestral work, and the superlative recorded sound. So I'll address a couple of issues raised by P. Hope, who quite correctly points out the fact that Mackerras makes all the repeats and that the brass sometimes swamps the rest of the orchestra. I noticed this second point primarily in the first movement of the Prague, but I didn't find it an issue elsewhere. I believe that when Mozart introduces the brass at full blast he means the music to sound somewhat raucus (like, say, the brass in Bach's third orchestral suite). If Mackerras overdoes it a bit, I still say that's better than overly timid brass. As to the first point, about repeats, these are the somewhat controversial repeats M makes, with a few comments.
1, the development and recapitulation repeats in the first movement of the Prague. OK, I could do without this one, but it's so splendidly done it just registers as "more Mozart," which is always a good thing. Listen, for example, to the wonderful shading of dynamics just before the recapitulation. One of my reasons for buying this set, by the way, was to get the sound of Rene Jacobs' hideous rendition out of my mind. Jacobs also makes the repeat; I quickly reached for the remote to move to the next, ludicrously fast, movement. I'm perfectly happy to hear M and his wonderful orchestra do it again.
2. Both repeats in the second movement of #40. Same as above.
3. Both repeats in the reprise of the minuet. This adds about a minute to the minuets.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Outstanding performance and recording. There are many recordings of these symphonies, but few capture light contrasting with darkness embedded deep in Mozart's later works. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Dan Mc
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent live recording
Choosing which recording of the late symphonies by Mozart is not an easy task — but this set should be an automatic buy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by fredmango
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music
Mozart, what's not to like. Enjoyable CD, beautiful music. The symphonies are very well performed and the CD quality is excellent.
Published 1 month ago by John J Hauser
5.0 out of 5 stars Brisk and lively playing
Mozart wrote a total of 41 symphonies, of which the last two are the most popular and frequently played. The opening of symphony no. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Arnaud Wiehe
4.0 out of 5 stars Large scale modern chamber orchestra performances with all repeats
This set of the last Mozart symphonies was recorded in 2007. It is very complete and very large scale for such a chamber version. Read more
Published 10 months ago by I. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection.
The last of the symphonies, these are the best on Mozart's compositions. Nice recording quality and presentation. The standard for all other performances.
Published 14 months ago by Tam Pon
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gramophone Classic
I fist listened to the Mozart 40th & 41st symphony 60 years ago during my teen years. Since then I have heard them, along with many other great works of musical art, many times;... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Allan Blonde
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Competitor in a Crowded Field
When it comes to the last three or four symphonies of Mozart, there are plenty of great choices available. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. R. Trtek
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsurpassed versions of these symphonies
Before I purchased these recordings, I went back and listened to Mackerras' own recordings of these symphonies on Telarc with the Prague Chamber Orchestra. Read more
Published 19 months ago by J. Buxton
5.0 out of 5 stars Charles Mackerras does it again
This conductor ( no matter what orchestra he's standing in front of) can do no wrong. I have several recordings of his, which has come about because his always floats to the top. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Peter T. Wolf
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