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Mozart: The Symphonies Box set


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  • Orchestra: Prague Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (September 13, 1991)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003CYC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Musical scholar that he is, Charles Mackerras adopts period performance practice, but opts for modern instruments. The Prague Chamber Orchestra is one of the world's best small ensembles. They play this music with impeccable wit, sophistication, and style. Of course, Mackerras himself studied in Prague--Mozart's musical home away from home--and has long enjoyed an excellent relationship with the city's orchestras and musicians. With swift tempos, employment of a harpsichord accompaniment, and all the repeats taken in each work, these finely honed interpretations offer a uniquely consistent view of Mozart's symphonic achievement. Telarc's superb sound allows the music to fall very gratefully on the ear. --Dave Hurwitz

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Great dinner time music.
violinmama
I really rediscovered these pieces after hearing to these great recordings.
Ytzan
This set, like the music played, is simply perfect.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By F. Behrens HALL OF FAME on December 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When Sir Charles Mackerras aimed his sights at recording the complete Mozart Symphonies with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, critics were delighted at the results as the discs became available separately. The writer for the Penguin Guide commented that the playing and the technical aspects of the recordings were excellent, while pointing out that the pacing is more urgent in the earlier symphonies, more relaxed in the later ones. The Gramophone writer pronounced them "full of sparkle and precision."
No, this is not an "original instrument" presentation, but Mackerras takes a loving view of his composer and most listeners will be quite satisfied with the results. Granted that other recordings might offer more "period style" here or more heaven-moving renditions there. However, this boxed set of 10 CDs has replaced in my collection all the miscellaneous recordings I have been lining up on the Mozart shelf; and (as Ko-Ko sings) "They never will be missed" as long as this Telarc set is there to be played.
The only negative feature is that the time limitations of the CD necessitate that Symphonies No. 8 and 20 begin on one disc and end on the other. But having them in the correct order was quite a challenge for the producers and much to be appreciated.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ytzan on May 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Mackerras has made some pretty amazing recordings these last years, from Beethoven's 9th to Mahler's 5th. This set has Mackerras conducting the Prague Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble that has definetely studied Mozart and studied him well. Most if not all the symphonies are first class but I have to point out the opening of the 25th and the finale of the 40th. I really rediscovered these pieces after hearing to these great recordings. The sound perfect as always with Telarc recordings. A must for all Mozart fans and a great alternative to the celebrated Hogwood set on L'Oiseau Lyre (Decca).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Listener on September 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This set, like the music played, is simply perfect. Every instrument in the orcehstra can be heard as a distinct voice -- this is partly a function of the wonderful sound quality on these discs, but more importantly it's a function of the razor sharp playing of the performers. And Mackerras makes the music dance and sing and soar like (I believe) Mozart's music always should. Everything about this set is just right. I've compared it carefully to Pinnok/English Concert and to ter Linden/Mozart Akademie, Amsterdam (both also excellent) and the Mackerras set is just that much better in every way. Listening to these performances is like listening to this glorious music for the very first time, and you couldn't possibly wish for a better treat than that. I can't recommend this set highly enough.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Armand Russell on July 7, 2007
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While historical instuments are not used on these recordings the performances are still excellent and most particularly for the faster than usual tempos for the minuets. Lethargic and pompous minuet tempos are common with most recordings of music from the Classic Period but here we have minuet tempos that are related to the dance steps and the way it was generally danced in the period. While ignorance of the minuet as a dance is wide spread here we have recordings that rise above that limitation and give improved character and vigor to the works as a whole. Bravo!
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By violinmama on December 19, 2008
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Great dinner time music. Perhaps not the definitive version of Mozart's symphonies, but good for "study" listening, and background music. Nice to have everything in one collection.
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