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Nothing better. Period.,
This review is from: Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 35, 36, 38- 41 (Audio CD)For Mozart's late symphonies, Böhm is the one who does it best. There really need be no argument about it, because the only people who prefer, say, Marriner, do so because of the greater tempo and the lightness. THAT style (faster, lighter, springier, from a small ensemble, like the ASMF) is more suited for the early symphonies, and I think many people will agree with me about this.
For symphonies like the master 40th, it is not springiness we want: we want the depth, and the joy-in-tears, which only Böhm brings out. Mozart had advanced from the 25th to the 40th - the recommended tempo and style is simply not the same. This happens because he wrote so many symphonies, something which you will not find in, say, Brahms. There was a word used by the Amazon reviewer which sticks: "love". He said Böhm conducts Mozart with true love and feeling. Yes, that is definitely it - you can see the conductor's love for the composer and the composition. And the resulting feeling - is from out of this world. The ASMF-Marriner simply does not achieve this. We can have raging debates about whether Mozart "intended" it this way or that, but I think the concensus is that Böhm's style is IT.
This is a deeply felt, personal recommendation from me. If you want to listen to the late Mozart symphonies, listen to Böhm. You will find nothing better.
I have one major beef though. The fourth movement of the 40th is the shortened version (no repeat of the first theme). Can anyone tell me of a recording in which Böhm did the full version?
All said and done, this set is IT. Look no firther. Take it from a listener with a lifetime of experience with different conductors/composers/orchestra combinations.