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Mozart: Symphony No. 40 / Symphony No. 41, Jupiter : Musically Speaking

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Includes Symphony No. 40, K.550; and Symphony No. 41, K551 "Jupiter." By the time Mozart turned twenty he was already one of the most skilled composers of his day. His output included not only symphonies and concertos but piano pieces, serenades, arias, operas and smaller species of musical theater, songs and church music. Symphony No. 40 in G Minor forms the centerpiece of the "final trilogy." It is a work of complex character, one whose music embodies passion and formal elegance, sorrow and exultation, darkness and light. Mozart's brilliant use of counterpoint, the simultaneous sounding of different melodic strands, makes the finale of his "Jupiter" Symphony one of the outstanding musical achievements of the Classical period.

Each CD package includes two CDs. The first, a Musical Performance Disk, features the top performers and symphony orchestras in the world, performing the best-loved music from the classical music Greats.

Accompanying the Musical Performance Disc is a Conductor's Guide on a separate CD. Here, Maestro Gerard Schwarz discusses the musical performances in depth--movement by movement, section by section--using examples from the recorded performances. There's no better, more enjoyable way to get a basic education in classical music.

You'll also receive a 16-page printed copy of Concert Notes, featuring the unique Music Disc Timeline, which is written to synchronize with the elapsed time display of your CD player. As you play the music on the Performance Disc, you can see exactly where the things that Maestro Schwarz discussed take place in the music. It's like looking into the score--but you don't have to know how to read music!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: I. Molto Allegro
  2. Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: II. Andante
  3. Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
  4. Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: IV. Allegro assai
  5. Symphony No. 41 in C major ('Jupiter'), K. 551: I. Allegro vivace
  6. Symphony No. 41 in C major ('Jupiter'), K. 551: II. Andante cantabile
  7. Symphony No. 41 in C major ('Jupiter'), K. 551: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
  8. Symphony No. 41 in C major ('Jupiter'), K. 551: IV. Molto allegro

Disc: 2

  1. Conductor's Guide to Mozart (Discussion): Mozart's Life
  2. Conductor's Guide to Mozart (Discussion): Guide to the Symphony No. 40, K. 550: Movement I
  3. Conductor's Guide to Mozart (Discussion): Guide to the Symphony No. 40, K. 550: Movement II
  4. Conductor's Guide to Mozart (Discussion): Guide to the Symphony No. 40, K. 550: Movement III
  5. Conductor's Guide to Mozart (Discussion): Guide to the Symphony No. 40, K. 550: Movement IV
  6. Conductor's Guide to Mozart (Discussion): The mystery of the final trilogy
  7. Conductor's Guide to Mozart (Discussion): Guide to Symphony No. 41, K. 551: Movement I
  8. Conductor's Guide to Mozart (Discussion): Guide to Symphony No. 41, K. 551: Movement II
  9. Conductor's Guide to Mozart (Discussion): Guide to Symphony No. 41, K. 551: Movement III & IV
  10. Conductor's Guide to Mozart (Discussion): Mozart's last years


Product Details

  • Orchestra: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (September 1, 1983)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polygram
  • ASIN: B0000B383D
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,303 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Karl Matsumoto on February 29, 2008
This is my absolute favorite performance of Mozart's famous 40th Symphony and the recording is a legendary one from the beginning days of the CD era. Originally packaged as part of the Delos Digital Master Series, this recording features a youthful (aged 34) Gerard Schwarz conducting the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on modern instruments, but in a forceful interpretation that is both tasteful and conscious of the period-instrument performance boom of the Eighties. The performance strikes a nice balance between the overly Romantic interpretations of folks like Solti and Karajan and the somewhat stodgy non-vibrato intepretations of the Roger Norrington camp. The tempos are well-chosen -- not too fast, not too slow. The new repacking makes it look like a cheesy "best hits of Mozart" budget CD but the originally Delos CD was considered top of the line in 1983.
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