Mozart Symphonies - SCO & Sir Charles Mackerras - Star Ledger of New Jersey

One of the most esteemed podium artists working today, the 82-year-old Mackerras still turns out must-have records -- such as this double-disc set of Mozart's final four symphonies. The conductor recorded all 41 Mozart symphonies in Prague for Telarc two decades ago; these new performances are even more subtly detailed, blending period style with modern virtuosity. The textures are transparent yet rich, the tempos full of spring but never rushed. Mackerras has also recorded Mozart's Requiem (in the Levin edition) for Linn, as well as a disc of Kodaly and Bartok.

Star Ledger of New Jersey
09 June 2008