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MOZART, W.A.: Symphonies Nos. 39 and 41, "Jupiter" (English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner)

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2013

Originally recorded in 2011


English Baroque Soloists


John Eliot Gardiner


German Wind Soloists


Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 66:49
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MOZART, W.A.: Symphonies Nos. 39 and 41, "Jupiter" (English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner)

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Symphony No. 39 in E-Flat Major, K. 543

1 I. Adagio - Allegro 10:34
2 II. Andante con moto 08:29
3 III. Menuetto: Allegretto 04:03
4 IV. Finale: Allegro 07:47

Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551, "Jupiter"

5 I. Allegro vivace 12:09
6 II. Andante cantabile 10:35
7 III. Menuetto: Allegretto 04:26
8 IV. Molto Allegro 08:46
 German Wind Soloists Orchestra
 John Eliot Gardiner Conductor

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Mozart: Symphonies Nos 39 and 41 – English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner

‘Mozart is the one classical composer I have had problems with; his music suffers when treated with too much affectionate gloss and the harmonies can become cloying rather than piquant. However, these live performances of two of the mature symphonies have had me leaping around with delight. They’re live, originally issued to audience members at London’s Cadogan Hall in February 2006, shortly after the concert had finished, and now given wider release. Mozart on period instruments is now standard practice, and the playing in both symphonies is predictably high-class. The spacious introduction to Symphony No. 39 is characterised by limpid wind playing, with vibrato-free low flutes adding delicious recorder-like colours. Listen to the magical passage two minutes before the symphony’s close, when questioning bassoons and clarinets lead us out of the darkness into a reprise of the main theme, fearlessly articulated by Gardiner’s strings.

‘Symphony No. 41 is equally invigorating. There’s no hint of pomposity in the swaggering opening, underpinned here with clear timpani strokes. The closing Molto allegro explodes with joy and the upfront recording adds to the physical excitement.’

The Arts Desk, 26 March 2011

"The performances of both works have an undeniable authority, and come with the usual finesse of the EBS. The Jupiter Symphony has grandeur and wonderful detail in the fugue finale, so that the disc is more than a memento of a live event."  ****
The Guardian 

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