Adam Fischer's audiophile series of the symphonies of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on Dacapo is a serious investment, perhaps recommendable only to listeners who like this music played on modern instruments in a rather brusque and cerebral style. The first volume, naturally enough, covers the short and simple symphonies the boy Mozart composed between 1764 and 1767, and the music is appealing in a naïve way, though not as involving as what he developed in the mature symphonies. As precocious as Mozart was, he was still writing under the tutelage of his father, Leopold Mozart, and the music often seems rudimentary and predictable. This SACD series is among the last recordings made before the Danish National Chamber Orchestra was dissolved in 2014, so there's value here for collectors of albums by this late lamented ensemble. However, unless one is determined to own the entire cycle, this is the least interesting volume and not essential for casual listeners, least of all in a market overflowing with brilliant Mozart recordings.
AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson
|Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, KV 16|
|Symphony No. 4 in D major, KV 19|
|Symphony F in major, KV 19A|
|Symphony No. 6 in B flat major, KV 22|
|Symphony in F major, KV 42A|