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Mozart: The Last Three Symphonies, Kk 549, 550 and 551 Orchestra of the 18th Century/Bruggen GLOSSA, TWO CDS 32/40

May 23, 2014



Frans Bruggen and the Orchestra of the 18th Century are revisiting in live concert recordings many of the works they covered in studio sessions for Philips in the 80s and 90s. Their new cycle of the Beethoven symphonies appeared two years ago, a set of performances that showed that Bruggen and the orchestra have lost none of the vigour or intensity that has always characterised their performances.

These Mozart symphonies, Nos 39 in E flat, 40 in G minor and 41, the Jupiter, in C, are clearly cut from the same musical cloth; they are generous accounts, dramatically charged and embroidered with telling, sometimes delightfully surprising details, such as the little joke at the end of the E flat work. Like the Beethoven symphonies, they were recorded in the Doelen in Rotterdam, which adds lustre and fullness to the sound though sometimes at the expense of transparency and occasionally making the tuttis sound rather edgy.



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Source: Guardian (UK)


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