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Mozart & Schubert Symphonies

Mozart & Schubert Symphonies
Label(s)
Genre(s)
Classical
Code
CKD 003
  • Symphony No. 40 in G Minor K. 550: I. Allegro Molto
    Composer(s) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Artist(s) Jonathan Brett

    Symphony No. 40 in G Minor K. 550: I. Allegro Molto

    07:02
    $3.40
  • Symphony No. 40 in G Minor K. 550: II. Andante
    Composer(s) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Artist(s) Jonathan Brett

    Symphony No. 40 in G Minor K. 550: II. Andante

    13:35
    $5.10
  • Symphony No. 40 in G Minor K. 550: III. Allegretto
    Composer(s) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Artist(s) Jonathan Brett

    Symphony No. 40 in G Minor K. 550: III. Allegretto

    04:18
    $1.70
  • Symphony No. 40 in G Minor K. 550: IV. Allegro Assai
    Composer(s) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Artist(s) Jonathan Brett

    Symphony No. 40 in G Minor K. 550: IV. Allegro Assai

    09:25
    $3.40
  • Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat D. 485: I. Allegro
    Composer(s) Franz Schubert
    Artist(s) Jonathan Brett

    Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat D. 485: I. Allegro

    07:05
    $3.40
  • Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat D. 485: II. Andante Con Moto
    Composer(s) Franz Schubert
    Artist(s) Jonathan Brett

    Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat D. 485: II. Andante Con Moto

    08:48
    $3.40
  • Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat D. 485: III. Allegro Molto
    Composer(s) Franz Schubert
    Artist(s) Jonathan Brett

    Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat D. 485: III. Allegro Molto

    04:44
    $1.70
  • Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat D. 485: IV. Allegro Vivace
    Composer(s) Franz Schubert
    Artist(s) Jonathan Brett

    Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat D. 485: IV. Allegro Vivace

    07:28
    $3.40

Total running time: 62 minutes.

Album information

Sonically stunning performances of Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and Schubert's Symphony No. 5. 

Mozart’s last three symphonies were written in the summer of 1788 and are considered his most mature works, unprecedented in their length and complexity.

The G minor symphony was completed on 25th July and is undoubtedly the most personal and original of the three, although its essential character has remained a matter for debate ever since. Robert Schumann attributed to it a "Grecian lightness and grace", but this might be a serious understatement of it’s expressive force, for an undercurrent of tension is maintained throughout which would perhaps more usually be associated with Beethoven rather than Mozart.

The quiet opening - extremely rare in a classical symphony - could be taken as an example of Schumann’s "lightness and grace"; on the other hand it might be seen to have much greater significance, foeshadowing powerful emotions which surface later in the work, in the incredibly intense slow movement, and in the minuet, a remarkably gloomy affair in which the lightness of the trio appears like a ray of sunshine, as do the brief appearances of the second subject in the finale, which otherwise maintains a stormy outlook.