Neville Marriner / Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Mozart: Complete Symphonies

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For many, perhaps most, listeners, Mozart's symphonies are the peak of his orchestral works. Although the first 20 or so are relatively immature works, the next dozen are fully mature masterpieces and the last half-dozen made Mozart's reputation as one of the supreme symphonists. Because while the first 20 or so are brilliantly polished and wonderfully energetic works, and the next dozen are gorgeously elegant and marvelously colorful works, the last half dozen are incredibly deep and unbelievably high, intensely human, and essentially sublime works whose melodies, harmonies, counterpoints, and rhythms are the artistic incarnation of the eternal and the infinite. So for many, perhaps most, listeners, the question is not "Shall I get a set of Mozart's symphonies?," but "Which set of Mozart's symphonies should I get?"

There are several good reasons for trying this one by Neville Marriner leading the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields issued as part of Philips' complete Mozart Edition in 1991. Although the recordings were made in the '70s, the sound is crisp and deep with the special Philips' combination of clarity and immediacy that no other label had at the time. The performances themselves are strongest in the first 30 or so symphonies. Marriner and the Academy are as light, sprightly, and sparkling as one could ask and the ineffable glimmer of the music has rarely been so well caught. The last half-dozen symphonies are as well played and as elegantly conducted, but compared with the depths of Furtwängler's mysticism, the heights of Walter's lyricism, the weight of Klemperer's gravity, or the warmth of Böhm's humanity, they may ultimately seem less satisfying. Still, Furtwängler, Walter, Klemperer, and Böhm rarely led the first three-dozen symphonies, leaving the field open to Marriner.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, K. 16
1 06:10 Amazon
2 02:49 Amazon
3 02:22 Amazon
Symphony No. 4 in D major, K. 19
4 04:43 Amazon
5 03:21 Amazon
6 02:20 Amazon
Symphony in F major (fragment), K. Anh. 223 (K. 19a)
7 03:50 Amazon
8 03:43 Amazon
9 02:50 Amazon
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, K. 22
10 02:34 Amazon
11 03:05 Amazon
12 01:29 Amazon
Symphony No. 6 in F major, K. 43
13 04:27 Amazon
14 03:43 Amazon
15 02:20 Amazon
16 03:06 Amazon
Symphony No. 7 in D major, K. 45
17 02:50 Amazon
18 02:43 Amazon
19 03:42 Amazon
20 02:15 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Symphony in G major ("New Lambach"), Eisen G 16
1 04:22 Amazon
2 03:01 Amazon
3 02:58 Amazon
4 04:53 Amazon
Symphony No. 7a in G major ("Alte Lambacher"), K. Anh. 221 (K. 45a)
5 02:39 Amazon
6 03:58 Amazon
7 01:59 Amazon
Symphony No. 55 in B flat major, K. Anh. 214 (K. 45b)
8 02:12 Amazon
9 03:33 Amazon
10 02:48 Amazon
11 02:53 Amazon
Symphony No. 8 in D major, K. 48
12 03:08 Amazon
13 03:37 Amazon
14 03:50 Amazon
15 02:45 Amazon
16 01:04 Amazon
Symphony No. 9 in C major, K. 73
17 03:26 Amazon
18 03:13 Amazon
19 03:00 Amazon
20 02:26 Amazon
Symphony No. 10 in G major, K. 74
21 03:03 Amazon
22 03:29 Amazon
23 02:01 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Symphony No. 42 in F major, K. 75
1 03:15 Amazon
2 02:56 Amazon
3 03:54 Amazon
4 02:24 Amazon
Symphony No. 43 in F major, K. 76 (K. 42a)
5 03:35 Amazon
6 04:22 Amazon
7 03:30 Amazon
8 03:29 Amazon
Symphony No. 44 in D major, K. 81 (K. 73l)
9 03:02 Amazon
10 05:01 Amazon
11 02:35 Amazon
Symphony No. 11 in D major, K. 84 (K. 73q)
12 03:49 Amazon
13 03:09 Amazon
14 03:56 Amazon
Symphony No. 45 in D major, K. 95 (K. 73n)
15 02:19 Amazon
16 03:19 Amazon
17 02:58 Amazon
18 02:49 Amazon
Symphony No. 46 in C major, K. 96 (K. 111b)
19 02:07 Amazon
20 04:20 Amazon
21 03:28 Amazon
22 02:09 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Symphony No. 47 in D major, K. 97 (K. 73m)
1 02:41 Amazon
2 02:36 Amazon
3 02:36 Amazon
4 01:45 Amazon
Symphony No. 12 in G major, K. 110 (K. 75b)
5 04:39 Amazon
6 03:26 Amazon
7 04:08 Amazon
8 02:22 Amazon
Symphony No. 13 in F major, K. 112
9 03:58 Amazon
10 04:26 Amazon
11 02:30 Amazon
12 02:59 Amazon
Symphony No. 14 in A major, K. 114
13 05:25 Amazon
14 04:10 Amazon
15 03:19 Amazon
16 03:27 Amazon
17 01:13 Amazon
Symphony No. 15 in G major, K. 124
18 03:17 Amazon
19 03:35 Amazon
20 03:06 Amazon
21 02:34 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Symphony No. 16 in C major, K. 128
1 04:21 Amazon
2 03:48 Amazon
3 04:03 Amazon
Symphony No. 17 in G major, K. 129
4 04:50 Amazon
5 04:14 Amazon
6 03:11 Amazon
Symphony No. 18 in F major, K. 130
7 05:45 Amazon
8 04:49 Amazon
9 02:28 Amazon
10 07:44 Amazon
Symphony No. 19 in E flat major, K. 132
11 04:08 Amazon
12 05:26 Amazon
13 04:12 Amazon
14 04:37 Amazon
15 03:36 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Symphony No. 20 in D major, K. 133
1 07:56 Amazon
2 04:51 Amazon
3 03:49 Amazon
4 04:17 Amazon
Symphony No. 50 in D major, K. 161/163 (K. 141a)
5 03:10 Amazon
6 02:54 Amazon
7 02:16 Amazon
8 06:45 Amazon
Symphony No. 51 in D major, K. 121 (K. 207a)
9 02:41 Amazon
10 03:18 Amazon
11 02:39 Amazon
Symphony No. 52 in C major, K. 102 (K. 213c)
12 03:09 Amazon
13 03:32 Amazon
14 04:30 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Symphony No. 21 in A major, K. 134
1 05:51 Amazon
2 06:19 Amazon
3 03:47 Amazon
4 04:17 Amazon
Symphony No. 22 in C major, K. 162
5 03:23 Amazon
6 03:59 Amazon
7 01:44 Amazon
8 10:15 Amazon
Symphony No. 24 in B flat major, K. 182 (K. 173dA)
9 04:08 Amazon
10 03:49 Amazon
11 03:08 Amazon
Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183 (K. 173dB)
12 07:43 Amazon
13 04:07 Amazon
14 03:39 Amazon
15 04:40 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 08:28 Amazon
Symphony No. 27 in G major, K. 199 (K. 161b)
2 04:45 Amazon
3 06:07 Amazon
4 04:49 Amazon
Symphony No. 28 in C major, K. 200 (K. 189k)
5 05:12 Amazon
6 05:12 Amazon
7 03:53 Amazon
8 03:46 Amazon
Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201 (K. 186a)
9 07:26 Amazon
10 05:52 Amazon
11 03:06 Amazon
12 04:58 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Symphony No. 30 in D major, K. 202 (K. 186b)
1 06:33 Amazon
2 04:02 Amazon
3 04:01 Amazon
4 03:41 Amazon
Symphony No. 31 in D major ("Paris"), K. 297 (K. 300a)
5 07:25 Amazon
6 06:14 Amazon
7 03:40 Amazon
8 03:49 Amazon
9 08:50 Amazon
Symphony No. 33 in B flat major, K. 319
10 07:03 Amazon
11 05:09 Amazon
12 02:55 Amazon
13 06:32 Amazon