Mozart Symphonies 2 - SCO & Sir Charles Mackerras - Hi-Fi+

This is a set of Mozart one cannot be without. While we are dealing with some works by this composer that are considered his first mature compositions, this ensemble and conductor (Mackerras, turning 84, seems to shine in his senior years), coupled with an intimate and excellent recording quality afforded us by Linn, make this set very special.

The performances offered up of the great ‘Paris', ‘Haffner' and ‘Linz' are of reference quality and have taken primary seat at the head of the class. These have become my new reference and certainly I think you will be hard pressed to find a better set of these symphonies in the catalogues. I am especially impressed with the exhilarating playing and performances of Symphonies 35 and 36. To me, they represent some of the fines, most well crafted Mozart available ever. Mackerras and the SCO set new performance standards. These are the best of the best and should not be missed on any account. Superlative recommendation and exceptionally enjoyable.

22 July 2010