Related Links

Recommended Links

Give the Composers Timeline Poster

Site News

What's New for
Winter 2018/2019?

Site Search

Follow us on
Facebook    Twitter


In association with
Amazon UKAmazon GermanyAmazon CanadaAmazon FranceAmazon Japan

CD Universe



Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

CD Review

Wolfgang Mozart

Late Symphonies

  • Symphony #36 in C Major K. 425 'Linz'
  • Symphony #38 in D Major, K. 504 'Prague'
  • Symphony #39 in E Flat Major, K. 543
Gürzenich Orchester Köln/Günter Wand
Testament SBT1305 77m ADD
Find it at AmazonFind it at Amazon UKFind it at Amazon GermanyFind it at Amazon CanadaFind it at Amazon FranceFind it at Amazon Japan

I had been recently listening to these symphonies in recordings by Sir Thomas Beecham and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra so their comparison with Wand's meticulously crafted performances was quite instructive.

This first disc was recorded in 1961 and includes the 'Linz', 'Prague' and the unnamed #39, probably the greatest of all Mozart's symphonies. In each performance, Wand shows an innate and characteristic understanding of the music with unforced speeds and breathlessly clear ensemble balancing woodwind and strings quite beautifully.

The 'Linz' is very successful with a lovely Finale that enables one to appreciate Mozart's delicate scoring whilst #39 is similarly ebullient, rather similar to Klemperer's recording of the work in 1955, also on Testament. The "Prague' is also excellently played and Wand's clear direction is never in doubt especially the expansive first movement.

Lovers of fine, vintage yet strangely modern performances of Mozart symphonies could do much worse than examine these lovely performances by a master of the baton.

Copyright © 2003, Gerald Fenech