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Mozart: Symphony Nos. 28 & 33 Import


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Audio CD, Import, October 25, 1990
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  • Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00000E3GM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon on December 23, 2012
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(Fine) Music, George Bernard Shaw once observed, is the Brandy of the Damned. If so, let's pass around the flagon as we journey one and all to Boot Hill. Gastronomes, this disc offers a different fare: Mozartkugeln: yes, the infamous Mozart Balls which will rot not only your teeth but gizzards as well.

Again, keeping things in perspective, neither K 319 nor K 200 bestrides the earth as a colossus but there is still plenty to enjoy. Best of all is the finale of the C Major symphony: after its moto perpetuo opening, Mozart unleashes a phenomenal "I won't be home til morning" melody which is reprised by the oboe. What a moment! Once heard, it ricochets around in one's head for the remainder of the day.

Big Jim Levine recorded the Mozart Symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic in the mid-1980s. Suavity is king. At times it can be highly enjoyable (Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 29 & 34 ~ Levine). In other instances, such as here, it is enervating as if one has gobbled down too many Mozartkugeln on a full stomach. Listen to the development in the first movement of K 200: it is tensionless and saccharine. A thinned-down Vienna Philharmonic sounds ever so complacent and Big Jim motors along with them. The digital recording is acceptable without being stellar.

While one does not want to make too much of these works, Uncle Otto is surprisingly vivacious in K 319 (
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