ArticleNr. SWR19526CD | 6 CD | 428 min | Booklet language englisch
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sir Roger Norrington
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR
Sinfonie Nr. 1 Es-Dur KV 16 Sinfonie Nr. 25 g-Moll KV 183 Sinfonie Nr. 41 C-Dur KV 551 (Jupiter) Sinfonie Nr. 12 G-Dur KV 110 Sinfonie Nr. 29 A-Dur KV 201 Sinfonie Nr. 39 Es-Dur KV 543 Sinfonie Nr. 8 D-Dur KV 48 Sinfonie nach der “Posthorn” Serenade D-Dur KV 320 Sinfonie Nr. 40 g-Moll KV 550 Sinfonie Nr. 22 C-Dur KV 162 Sinfonie Nr. 33 B-Dur KV 319 Sinfonie Nr. 38 D-Dur KV 504 (Prague) Sinfonie Nr. 19 Es-Dur KV 132 Sinfonie Nr. 34 C-Dur KV 338 Sinfonie Nr. 36 C-Dur KV 425 (Linz) Sinfonie Nr. 28 C-Dur KV 200 Sinfonie Nr. 32 G-Dur KV 318 Sinfonie Nr. 31 D-Dur KV 297 (Paris) Sinfonie Nr. 35 D-Dur KV 385 (Haffner)
The Mozart symphonies on this album were recorded over a period of two weeks at the European Music Festival Stuttgart in September 2006. More than 20 symphonies, ranging from the earliest to the last ten, were chosen to represent the superb range of the composer’s output. The aim was to recreate as far as possible the playing style of the period. Roger Norrington used exactly the same orchestral forces for each symphony as at their first performance (the smallest was a mere 18 players). The first and second violins sat opposite each other, the winds stood in lines either side, and a harpsichord played in the middle. Tempos followed the most recent research. Bow strokes, articulation and phrasing were carefully studied, and the orchestra naturally played without modern vibrato. All the albums in this edition contain a symphony from each of Mozart’s early, middle and late periods. The last four symphonies, however, which Mozart wrote for Paris and Vienna, were played in a much grander and experimental manner, using 24 violins and 16 woodwind instruments. Very occasionally Mozart experienced a ‘monster orchestra’ (almost equivalent to today’s normal size). It happened first on his extended visit to Paris, and then again in Vienna, where he considered one such large ensemble to be “magnifique”.