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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
Blue Moon Award: "...Sir Charles Mackerras' vision with the SCO is one of the very finest of the modern era..."
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StereoMojo
Publisher’s Choice Recording: "complete mastery...One can only say bravo."
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The Berkshire Review
"...the greatest interpretation of the Mozart symphonies of our moment..."
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Qantas in-flight magazine
Original passsion and flair...Outstanding.
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Sunday Times
Number 1 Classical Record of 2008
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HMV Choice
Number 1 Classical Record of 2008
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AudioVideoHD
5 Stars
"En definitiva, una auténtica delicia, con una grabación exquisita, característica intrínseca de Linn Records."
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Fanfare
"Magnificent."
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Star Ledger of New Jersey
4 Stars
"...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
An "admirable" performance
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Scherzo
'Excepcional' Award from the Spanish publication
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: "...a benchmark of our time."
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Expansion
'Mozart vive!'
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hi-fi +
4½ Stars
Quite brilliant...truly majestic.
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Opus Musica
Disc of the Month
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Early Music Review
...powerful, individual readings.
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Klassik.com
5 Stars
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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MusicalCriticism.com
4 Stars
"[It] really is as good as it gets."
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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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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 - iTunes


14 February 2013
iTunes

Apple's music download service, iTunes, has put together its own list of 30 must-own classical albums as part of its "Essentials" campaign.

The albums were chosen by iTunes's editorial team and are aimed at both classical enthusiasts and novices. The list is made up of modern performances of works by some of the world's most acclaimed composers, including Rachmaninov, Bizet, Wagner and Philip Glass. Each of the performances has been digitally Mastered for iTunes (MFiT) and comes with a digital booklet with liner notes.

This follows the launch of the Telegraph's own top 50 classical pieces, chosen by music critic Ivan Hewett, who admits the task of narrowing down the best classical pieces is a tricky one.

"Anything that brings the great classical music tradition to people's attention has to be a good thing, so I welcome this list," he says. "In terms of quality the pieces on this list are just fine; they're nearly all copper-bottomed masterpieces. But why so few surprises? It's pretty much the same masterpieces that we've seen on every other classical compilation. That's potentially a problem because even the greatest piece can get worn out from over-use. There are tens of thousands of pieces out there, many of them masterpieces, just waiting to be discovered."


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