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The Observer
'Mozart's last four symphonies...have rarely shone as luminously as in these uplifting accounts.'
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The SCOTS Magazine
'...a lasting momento of a tremendous association.'
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allmusic.com
"They have the same drive and verve as his earlier work, but his vision now seems clearer and more radiant than before."
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Audiophilia.com
"...once playing, it is almost impossible to turn off!"
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ResMusica.com
une présentation exceptionnellement belle
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6moons.com
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StereoMojo
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The Berkshire Review
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Qantas in-flight magazine
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Sunday Times
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AudioVideoHD
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Fanfare
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"...blending period style with modern virtuosity."
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Classica Repertoire
"Nous aimons...beaucoup"
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LiveGuide.com
"These may be the best versions of Symphonies 38 and 39 ever recorded..."
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Crescendo
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Scherzo
'Excepcional' Award from the Spanish publication
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MusicWeb International
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Expansion
'Mozart vive!'
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Klassik.com
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So gelingt gleichsam unter der Hand Mozart-Interpretationen, die man zu den überzeugendsten dieser Sinfonien zählen darf.
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Gramophone
Every bit as good as you would expect. Gramophone Recommended.
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HiFi News
Album of the Month
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The Ticket (Ireland)
4 Stars
simply irresistible
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The Guardian (Live)
5 Stars
Mackerras's Mozart is full of the life-affirming vitality more often associated with youth
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International Record Review
A vibrant and utterly gripping appearance from first moment to last, and all caught in sound that is amazingly lifelike. No Mozartian should be without these inspiring discs.
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audiophile.no
5 Stars
Linn Records har spilt inn Mozart sine fire siste symfonier. Til denne oppgaven har de selvfølgelig håndplukket Scottish Chamber Orchestra dirigert av Sir Charles Mackerras.
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MusicalCriticism.com
4 Stars
"[It] really is as good as it gets."
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McAlister Matheson Music
A recording of "delicacy and spice...grandeur and exuberance"
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
some spectacular readings in first class sonics
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The Scotman (Live)
4 Stars
"...power-packed Mozart that has you sitting on the edge of your seat craving more."
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Atlanta Audio Society
...Performances that may well take their place among the best on record.
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The Times
5 Stars
among the very best recordings of these four symphonies on disc
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
Orchestral Disc of the Month: "exhilarating ... ravishing"
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The List
4 Stars
exciting and thrilling
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MusicOMH.com
5 Stars
Anyone who loves classical music has to own this recording...this will be one of the year's finest recordings.
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The Observer
Mozart's last four symphonies...have rarely shone as luminously as in these uplifting accounts.
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Independent on Sunday
...Few recordings have the authority and warmth of this release.
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The Herald
5 Stars
This will have you out of your seat with excitement...a Mozart set to match any.
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The Week
5 Stars
...Astonishing...
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Financial Times
...Sheer vitality...
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BBC Online
This recording should have you stampeding to the record shops.
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Metro
5 Stars
Pure delight.
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
I can't imagine Mozart being better performed...a wonderful set that will remain long in the memory.
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The Sunday Times
5 Stars
Classical CD of the Week: Possibly their finest record to date...I don't know more enthralling accounts of the G minor and the Jupiter on disc.
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ClassicsTodayFrance.com
4½ Stars
An outstanding review for the orchestral recording
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The Guardian
5 Stars
These are the finest versions of Mozart's greatest symphonies to have appeared on disc in years.
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ClassicalSource.com
Beautifully judged...exciting listening
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Mozart Symphonies - SCO & Sir Charles Mackerras - hi-fi +


01 April 2008
hi-fi +
Richard Foster
4½ Stars

Sir Charles Mackerras presents a regal account of Mozart's last four symphonies. The playing of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra seems more like a much larger group and they should be proud of the high calibre of the performances on these two discs. I must admit that I am enthralled with the playing of this 37-member chamber orchestra; they are quite brilliant. This is Mackerras' third outing with these symphonies and I feel it may be his best. The ‘Prague' is truly majestic and is perhaps, in the truest sense of the word, the most exceptional performance here. I'd venture to say the runner-up in this set is definitely the ‘Jupiter'. I must advise, however, that if you love your Mozart less spirited, you might not warm to Mackerras' readings of the 39th and 40th. Don't get me wrong. It's not that I dislike what he's done, it's that I find the more measured approach of conductors like Bruno Walter and George Szell excels in this repertoire, whereas here they seem a little rushed. But, Mackerras and ensemble provide superb reading of both the Prague and Jupiter and these two alone are worth the price of admission.
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