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Mozart: Symphony 25 & 31; Masonic Funeral Music; Posthorn Sym.


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  • Audio CD (January 10, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000027ZY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,892 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony No. 31 In D Major, K. 297 (300a) 'Paris' (D-Dur): I. Allegro assai
2. Symphony No. 31 In D Major, K. 297 (300a) 'Paris' (D-Dur): II. Andante (First Version)
3. Symphony No. 31 In D Major, K. 297 (300a) 'Paris' (D-Dur): III. Allegro
4. Symphony No. 31 In D Major, K. 297 (300a) 'Paris' (D-Dur): II. Andante (Second Version)
5. Maurerische Trauermusik, K. 477 (479a): Adagio
6. Symphony No. 25 In G Minor, K. 183 (173d B): I. Allegro con brio
7. Symphony No. 25 In G Minor, K. 183 (173d B): II. Andante
8. Symphony No. 25 In G Minor, K. 183 (173d B): III. Menuetto - Trio
9. Symphony No. 25 In G Minor, K. 183 (173d B): IV. Allegro
10. Symphony In D Major 'The Posthorn' (After K. 320): I. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con spirito
11. Symphony In D Major 'The Posthorn' (After K. 320): II. Andantino
12. Symphony In D Major 'The Posthorn' (After K. 320): III. Presto

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The fact is Claudio Abbado is one of the leading conductors of our times, and this disc is a fine example of his work. His interpretation of the "Paris" symphony (No.31) may not be definitive, but it offers many new insights into the music. The rhythms are far from routine, particularly in the third movement, and the details of the orchestration are finely layered. I found Abbado's No.25 to be more enjoyable than the versions of Marriner, which have always been my personal favorite. And it's nice to have some rarities included, like the symphonic arrangement of the "Posthorn" serenade and the Masonic Funeral Music. This disc is sure to bring you much pleasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jeffclaudin on September 11, 2012
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If you can accept modern bands playing Mozart, I warmly recommend this disc; here we have performances which marry sweetness and purity to crisp rhythms and dramatic bite.

First I would call the attention to the more rarely heard "Posthorn" Symphony, the one which Mozart adapted from the Posthorn Serenade, selecting only three of the original seven movements. It is astonishing that while the symphony is so much briefer, it seems more powerful in its arguments, specially when played like this.

The other symphonies, 25 & 31 "Paris", are also given fresh and alert performances, but Abbado is careful to avoid the fierce manners adopted by so many other star conductors in Mozart; strings are substantial, but textures are clear, leaving room for gorgeous woodwind playing; the lugubrious timbres of the Masonic Funeral Music, for example, are well pictured by Abbado's underlining of light and shade, with the doubled wind set against a string section without cellos. Finally, the disc still brings us the alternative slow movement of the "Paris" as a supplement.
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I have not heard Abbado's recording of early Mozart symphonies, but I saw a videotaped performance of such a work by Abbado and Berlin. I was amazed by it. Abbado's reading of the music was among the very finest I have heard. His insight into the music seemed remarkable. He shaped each phrase carefully and completely, maximizing the expressiveness of the music while maintaining a classical tone, a delicate task. The playing of the Berlin Philharmonic was perfect. I have recordings of Symphony No. 31 by Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music and one by an ensemble on an ancient Vox box vinyl disc set. Both are satisfying. I had planned to acquire Abbado's Mozart, nevertheless. I am disappointed to read an unfavorable review of the recording. My rating of the CD is, of course, based on the recorded live performance.
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