Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No. 26 in E flat major, K. 184 (K. 161a)

    Description by James Leonard

    Completed on March 30, 1773, in Salzburg, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 26 in E flat major, K. 184, is in three movements with all the movements played attacca. Scored for pairs of flutes, oboes, bassoons, horns, and strings, the Symphony in E flat major is a serious work with dramatic touches. The dramatic opening Molto presto starts with a main theme alternating between a strongly syncopated repeated note theme forte for the full orchestra and a tenderly sighing melody for the strings and piano. The central Andante in the relative minor is darkly romantic and full of lingering suspensions and appoggiaturas. The closing Allegro in triple time retains some of the harmonic coloration and the seriousness of the central Andante, but with a main theme like that of the finale of the composer's later Horn Concerto, also in E flat major, K. 495.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Molto presto
    2. Andante
    3. Allegro

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Sony Classical / Sony Music Distribution 88875173752
    2015 Deutsche Grammophon
    2013 Dacapo 8201201
    2013 Naxos 8501109
    2011 Brilliant Classics 94295
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2009 Virgin Classics 34868
    2009 Erato
    2008 Brilliant Classics 93669
    2008 Telarc Distribution 80729
    2008 Philips 4646602
    2007 Decca 4758473
    2007 Dacapo 6220541
    2007 EMI Classics 87894
    2006 Deutsche Grammophon 002894776134
    2006 Philips 4647702
    2006 DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 75736
    2006 Warner Music 62334
    2006 Brilliant 99715
    2006 Brilliant 92863
    2006 Philips
    2005 Deutsche Grammophon 4775296
    2005 Warner Classics
    2005 EMI Classics
    2005 Brilliant 92110
    2005 Brilliant 92543
    2005 Brilliant 92540
    2004 Resonance 501
    2004 Brilliant 92388
    2004 Naxos 8501107
    2003 EMI Music Distribution 85589
    2003 Telarc Distribution 80186
    2003 AIX Entertainment 1337
    2002 Archiv Produktion 471666
    2000 T-Rax 27
    1999 Philips 422500
    1999 Past Perfect / Trumpets of Jericho 203300
    1999 EMI Music Distribution 69818
    1999 Masterpiece 90036
    1999 Angel Records 73631
    1997 Philips 454085
    1997 452496
    1996 Deutsche Grammophon 4532312
    1996 ASV 762
    1995 Naxos 550876
    1993 Teldec 91189
    1992 Vox 5072
    1991 Decca 430268
    1991 Telarc Distribution 80300
    1990 Philips 422 502-2PME6
    1988 EMI Music Distribution 49176
    Philips 442356
    Trumpets of Jericho 203306
    Deutsche Grammophon 435008
    EMI Music Distribution 63856
    Brilliant 92388/2
    Brilliant 92543/7
    Teldec
    Archiv Produktion 431679
    ASV 510
    Denon Records 9202
    Brilliant 92625
    Brilliant 99715/2
    Brilliant Classics 93669/2
    Brilliant 92110/7
    Brilliant Classics 8635/7
    Brilliant 92625/7
    Lys 142
    Philips Classics 412994
    L'oiseau-Lyre 417592
    Deutsche Grammophon 419234