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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 35 "Haffner", 38 "Prague" & 39 - Sony Classical Masters
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 35 "Haffner", 38 "Prague" & 39 - Sony Classical Masters by Rafael Kubelik
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Kubelik 39 for discussion while guessing that the recent import receives the same improved sound as #s 35, 36,and 38. Kubelik
was a great Mozart conductor on record from his early #34 and 38 on Mercury to his unfairly maligned Don Giovanni, Haffner Serenade, piano concerti 21, 23,24, and 27 with Curzon, and final six symphonies (his Haydn was equally great). The BRS0 played beautifully for him, bearing a pedigree from its founder Eugen Jochum. Its sound is relatively light and airy and the sound somewhat reduced ala Jochum-certainly not thick or heavy. I find the tempi unimpeachable, conveying the beauty and depth, wit and drama (eg the euphony of #39,
the Giovannian drama of #38, and the festive gaiety of #35. Slow movements are both serious and deep while minuets do not drag (thank you God). Winds are superb. These four symphonies are definite keepers.
Peers #35: Szell, Dohnanyi, Steinberg, Bohm/BPO
#38: Jochum/RCO, Dohnanyi, Tate, Klemperer/Testament
#36 Jochum/RCO and BRSO, Tate, Leitner
#39 Jochum/BRSO, Klemperer/Testament, Szell