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Reception at a Freemason's Lodge in Vienna (c1784) by Ignaz Unterberger (1748-1797)
Historisches Museum der Stadt Vienna / AKG-Images, London
Track(s) taken from CKD308
Recording details: August 2007
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland
Produced by James Mallinson
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: July 2008
Total duration: 38 minutes 28 seconds

'Let us just say that this double CD of the composer's last four symphonies contains no surprises—it is every bit as good as you would expect … full of wisdom and leaving the listener in no doubt of the music's ineffable greatness' (Gramophone) » More

'These performances are so exhilarating that I listened to all four symphonies straight through at a first hearing, mesmerised by the variety and intensity of the music itself, sounding here completely fresh, and the virtually flawless renderings by the excellent Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with Sir Charles Mackerras at his most penetrating' (BBC Music Magazine) » More

'Altogether, these are the finest versions of Mozart's greatest symphonies to have appeared on disc in years' (The Guardian) » More

'I don't know more enthralling accounts of the G minor and the 'Jupiter' on disc' (The Sunday Times) » More

'Im gesegneten Alter von mittlerweile über achtzig Jahren, scheint der australische Dirigent Sir Charles Mackerras nochmals seine Meisterschaft bündeln zu wollen … hier geht es einfach ums Musizieren, und das auf allerhöchstem Niveau. So gelingt gleichsam unter der Hand Mozart-Interpretationen, die man zu den überzeugendsten dieser Sinfonien zählen darf' (Klassik.com, Germany) » More
PERFORMANCE
RECORDING

Symphony No 41 in C major 'Jupiter', K551
composer

Allegro vivace  [11'28]
Andante cantabile  [10'27]
Molto allegro  [11'30]

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)
Introduction
Mozart’s last symphony, Symphony No 41 in C major, K. 551, later dubbed ‘Jupiter’, probably because of its majestic opening movement or its ‘jovial’ and ‘titanic’ finale, seems to sum up Mozart’s whole symphonic production with its subtlety and grandeur. But amidst the fanfares of trumpets and drums of those outer movements, Mozart still has one new colour up his sleeve: the muted violins of the slow second movement. Mozart hardly ever used this colour in a symphony and yet the Master says ‘farewell’ to the symphonic form by means of a gorgeous veil over the sound, investing a special quality in it which even pervades the great C major climax in the second part of the movement. A truly original colour in this final symphony of endless tonal variety.

from notes by Sir Charles Mackerras 2007


Other albums featuring this work
'Wagner: Siegfried Idyll; Sibelius: The Tempest; Mozart: Symphony No 41' (CKD540)
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll; Sibelius: The Tempest; Mozart: Symphony No 41
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