Symphonies 31, 33 & 34
This disc is valuable not just because if offers three Mozart symphonies that haven't been played and recorded to death, but also because you get the lovely Masonic Funeral Music. It's a piece which you are very likely to hear on the radio (because it's short and makes a great time filler), but might find difficult to obtain on disc with a worthwhile selection of additional music. Problem solved! --David Hurwitz
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"I prayed God it might go well, dedicating all to His greater honor and glory, and ecce! [behold] -- the symphony began! Raff [a famous singer who was friendly to Mozart] stood near me, and in the midst of the first allegro [the first movement] came a passage I had known would please. The audience was quite carried away -- there was a great outburst of applause. But, since I knew when I wrote it that it would make a sensation, I had brought it in again in the last -- and then it came again, da capo!"
Track #4 is the alternate andantino for symphony 31 Mozart composed after he was told by a French court musician that his original was too long for French tastes. But I find it breathtakingly beautiful! The finale of the 34th symphony is absolutely exhilarating. The charming but more laid-back symphony no. 33 isn't far behind, and the mournful and stirring Masonic Funeral Music from 1785 closes out the disc. This is a very affordable cd with some of the best renditions of these Mozart masterpieces you'll ever hear. If you are a Mozart buff like myself, you'd be crazy not to get your hands on this one.