- Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
- Conductor: Claudio Abbado
- Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- 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: #356,755 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Mozart: Symphony 25 & 31; Masonic Funeral Music; Posthorn Sym.
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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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Gees, what a lazy purchase this was. I should have known better. Put Abbado in front of an orchestra nowadays (be it the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the... Read morePublished on January 16, 2011 by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon
Claudio Abbado and the Berliner Philharmoniker have done an excellent job with the four pieces on this cd. Symphony 25 is performed at its best, especially the allegro con brio. Read morePublished on December 3, 2008 by MJH