Neville Marriner

Mozart: Youth Symphonies, Vol. 2

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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields recorded Mozart's early symphonies in 1973 for release in the Quadraphonic format by Philips. Though that technology quickly faded, the multichannel recording process has at last come of age with the appearance of the Super Audio CD, and Marriner's vintage four-channel recordings sound terrific in this 2004 reissue. Of course, Mozart's youthful, lightweight symphonies may not be ideal pieces for demonstration purposes -- for depth of textures and richer orchestration, the later symphonies would be preferable -- but these works are still effective for their clear lines and transparent sections, and sound surprisingly vivid in the DSD remastering. Marriner and the Academy play modern instruments, though their inclusion of a harpsichord continuo, their immaculate execution in the strings, and their fresh woodwind colors come close to creating an authentic period sound. This disc is the second in a four-volume reissue of Marriner's early Mozart recordings, which covers a total of 19 symphonies. Thanks to PentaTone's polished remastering, there is no tape hiss, just clean and natural sound quality.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Symphony No. 20 in D major, K. 133
1 Neville Marriner 07:56 Amazon
2 Neville Marriner 04:49 Amazon
3 Neville Marriner 03:49 Amazon
4 Neville Marriner 04:17 Amazon
Symphony No. 45 in D major, K. 95 (K. 73n)
5 Neville Marriner 02:19 Amazon
6 Neville Marriner 03:19 Amazon
7 Neville Marriner 02:58 Amazon
8 Neville Marriner 02:49 Amazon
Symphony No. 46 in C major, K. 96 (K. 111b)
9 Neville Marriner 02:07 Amazon
10 Neville Marriner 04:19 Amazon
11 Neville Marriner 03:27 Amazon
12 Neville Marriner 02:18 Amazon
Symphony No. 47 in D major, K. 97 (K. 73m)
13 Neville Marriner 02:39 Amazon
14 Neville Marriner 02:35 Amazon
15 Neville Marriner 02:35 Amazon
16 Neville Marriner 01:42 Amazon
Symphony No. 51 in D major, K. 121 (K. 207a)
17 Neville Marriner 02:39 Amazon
18 Neville Marriner 03:17 Amazon
19 Neville Marriner 02:35 Amazon
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