Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No. 10 in G major, K. 74

    Description by James Reel

    Mozart was traveling with his father in Italy when he wrote this tiny symphony, and not surprisingly the work is in the style of an Italian overture of the time, and does without the noisy support of trumpets and drums. Mozart began it in Milan during carnival time and finished it a few months later in Bologna. It's possible that he intended it as the overture to his opera Mitridate, re di Ponto. At any rate, it follows the Italian three-movement form. The first movement, overture style, is marked merely Introduction and opens with slashing, attention-getting chords, as if to signal the imminent beginning of a drama. The principal motif is a routine walk up and down the scale, complicated by some formulaic Lombardic ideas, but Mozart comes into his own here with the syncopated figures in the second main subject. The development section is really just a miniscule transition to the recapitulation.

    Without pause, this leads to the pastoral Andante, full of trilling birdsongs and music suggesting burbling brooks, while essentially taking the form of a minuet. The last movement, Allegro, is a brief rondo, launched by a scurrying violin figure and soon toying with syncopation and pizzicati.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Allegro
    2. Andante
    3. Rondeau. Allegro

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Sony Classical / Sony Music Distribution 88875173752
    2015 Deutsche Grammophon
    2013 Dacapo 8201201
    2013 Zebralution
    2013 Naxos 8501109
    2011 Brilliant Classics 94295
    2011 Dacapo 6220538
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2009 Denon Records
    2008 Arts Music 47746
    2008 Landscape Classics / Zebralution
    2008 Telarc Distribution 80729
    2008 Philips 4646602
    2006 Deutsche Grammophon 002894776134
    2006 Philips 4647702
    2006 Philips
    2005 Brilliant 92110
    2005 Brilliant 92543
    2005 Brilliant 92540
    2004 Naxos 8501107
    2003 Delta Distribution 40039
    2003 EMI Music Distribution 85589
    2003 Telarc Distribution 80273
    2003 Brilliant 99730
    2002 Archiv Produktion 471666
    2000 LaserLight 15869
    1999 Philips 422500
    1999 Past Perfect / Trumpets of Jericho 203300
    1999 Teldec 25914
    1998 Arts Music 47277
    1997 Philips 454085
    1997 452496
    1996 Deutsche Grammophon 4532312
    1995 Laserlight 35852
    1995 Naxos 550872
    1993 Archiv Produktion 437792
    1992 Vox 5070
    1991 Telarc Distribution 80300
    1990 Philips 422501
    Delta Distribution 15869
    Trumpets of Jericho 203302
    Deutsche Grammophon 431711
    Brilliant 92625
    Brilliant 92543/2
    Brilliant 99730/2
    Brilliant 92110/2
    Brilliant Classics 8635/2
    Brilliant 92625/2
    MCA 9808