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Mozart: Symphony No.36 in C Major, K425 / Symphony No.38 in D Major, K504


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  • Orchestra: Prague Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (April 22, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003CUE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I. Adagio/Allegro Spiritoso
2. II. Poco Adagio
3. III. Menuetto: Trio
4. IV. Finale: Presto
5. I. Adagio/Allegro
6. II. Andante
7. III. (Finale) Presto

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Mozart's 36th and 38th symphonies are both named after the cities in which they were first performed: Linz and Prague, respectively. It's wholly appropriate, then, to have the Prague Chamber Orchestra in No. 38, although the truth is they do No. 36 just as well, of course. These effervescent performances offer a refreshing view of both works, and Telarc's sound is superb. Lovely. --David Hurwitz

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This is one of the best CD of Mozart music I've ever heard.
J. Marion
A glance at the rosters of any major to elite American symphony Orchestra yeilds a plethera of names like Stein, Muller, Volkovich, St. Pierre and Kaminski.
NUC MED TECH
These performances are the most envigorating and faithful interpretations of these two monumental Mozart symphonies I've heard.
A Minstrel in the Gallery

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By John Harrington on January 13, 2000
I agree with the unidentified music fan below in his rave for this recording, particularly his comments about the Prague, which is the recording that first drew me to Mackerras' Mozart symphonies. The first movement of the Linz *is* slower than you might expect, given Mackerras' break neck tempi elsewhere (e.g., the last mvt of the Linz and the first of the Prague), but I wouldn't say the tempo is problematic in the least. In fact, the adagio introduction is a little on the quick side, while the subsequent allegro seems well-paced.
Mackerras' interpretations are crisp and contrapuntally clear; tempi are in general brisk -- in short everything you'd expect from a "period instrument" recording, except without the period instruments. Those who like "historically informed performance" (HIP) recordings will appreciate this and will not miss the authentic instruments. The bonus, and what makes these recordings rise above the burgeoning number of HIP Mozart recordings, is Mackerras' attention to phrasing and articulation.
A couple of examples: conductors seem to traditionally shy away from Mozart's sforzandi (e.g., Walter's recordings), perhaps thinking them too kitchy. Mackerras' and the Prague CO's sforzandi are always present, clear and expertly articulated. Also, Mackerras' clarity brings out details that are sometimes lacking in other recordings, like the moment in the Prague, in the minor inflected version of the second theme of mvmt 1 where the two bassoon answer the strings. The bassoons ring out clearly and are balanced with the rest of the orchestra such that they become almost soloists.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 1999
This could be the best overall recording of these two Mozart symphonies ever. It is definitely, hands-down, the best recording of the Prague anywhere on the planet. This is, to date, the only recording of the Prague symphony I've ever heard that doesn't sound pathetically anemic; it displays the fiery energetic passion for which Mozart should be better known. The Linz is similarly well-recorded; the technique of the musicians (particularly on the string passages in the Finale) is beyond reproach. If only the orchestra had had the heart to take the first movement of the Linz at a quicker tempo, this could be a five-star album. As it stands, this album is barely lacking in any area. Definitely a good buy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Richards on December 13, 2004
I've heard several other versions of these two symphonies, and this CD still contains my favorite interpretations of both. Mozart wrote the "Prague" symphony for the city that loved his operas, and the spirit of opera buffa permeates both these works. This recording is not for those who like their Mozart to be polite--if anything, the spirit of these interpretations borders on raucousness. Yet it's welcome raucousness, as Mackerras displays his usual meticulous attention to detail, and the Prague Chamber Orchestra plays with an almost reverent precision (which stands to reason, since one of these symphonies is theirs in spirit and in name). Expect flowing, lyrical andantes (the slow movement of the Prague features some of the most tender playing I've yet heard from this orchestra and conductor), a spirited Linz minuet, and hearty, thrilling outer movements. By the end of the Linz symphony, you'll be grinning; by the end of the Prague, you'll be smiling from ear to ear. These two symphonies were obviously intended to be fun (albeit perfectly constructed, brilliantly inventive fun), and it's nice to have a recording that conveys that feeling. It'll be hard to go back to your old recordings once you've heard this one. Play it loud!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "zhaow" on August 26, 2004
mackerras is a good alternative to the big band readings of bohm, walter, etc. the prague orchestra plays with light, chamber orchestra-like textures that work well for mozart. as expected, the tempos are brisk and the music - especially the outer movements - is exciting. but the thing that surprised me was the slow movements. i've always found mozart's slow movements to be a little dull, but this disc opened my eyes to their beauty. maybe it was the faster tempos that did it. a good disc. highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Minstrel in the Gallery on March 8, 2007
There is no doubt that the graceful and majestic opening bars of Mozart's symphony No. 36 are moments of pure musical bliss, and Mackerras and the Prague Chamber capture this memorable beginning perfectly. It's hard to describe, but Sir Charles Mackerras and the Prague Orchestra share something intangible on this disc, a remarkable musical chemistry that you will only believe if you hear it! As with the other recordings in this Mozart cycle, the tempos may be faster than in other versions, but it just sounds so right and they are played with so much conviction. These performances are the most envigorating and faithful interpretations of these two monumental Mozart symphonies I've heard. I highly recommend this disc to anyone who treasures Mozart and/or classical music in general.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Bynum on January 20, 2012
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No. 36 "Linz"
Symphony No. 38 "Prague"

Sir Charles Mackerras
Prague Chamber Orchestra

(Telarc - digital - 1987)

Mackerras has this orchestra firmly under his control and he restrains their obvious enthusiasm for the pieces without hindering their spirit. The result is a thing of beauty. This is an excellent CD. Five Stars.
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