Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 40 & 41 (Live) NDR Radiophilharmonie & Andrew Manze
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791): Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550:
- 1Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550: I. Molto allegro (Live)07:32
- 2Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550: II. Andante (Live)13:16
- 3Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550: III. Menuetto. Allegretto (Live)04:20
- 4Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550: IV. Allegro assai (Live)09:30
- Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 "Jupiter":
- 5Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 "Jupiter": I. Allegro vivace (Live)11:26
- 6Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 "Jupiter": II. Andante cantabile (Live)11:00
- 7Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 "Jupiter": III. Menuetto. Allegretto (Live)06:04
- 8Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 "Jupiter": IV. Molto allegro (Live)11:33
Info for Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 40 & 41 (Live)
Considered to be the highest triumph of instrumental composition in his own day, Mozart’s final symphonies continue to sweep audiences away. From the famous G-minor opening movement of the 40th symphony that cuts straight to the chase to the unprecedented complexity of the 41st symphony’s majestic finale, Mozart displays his vivid melodic invention as well as the maturity of his “old” musical soul. Even if his untimely death came unexpectedly, these two symphonies fill the listener with a sense of culmination, and may be seen as a sublime conclusion of both Mozart’s musical development and of the eighteenth-century symphony in general.
These extraordinary works are performed here by the NDR Radiophilharmonie and Andrew Manze, and will be followed by a recording of Mozart’s 38th and 39th symphonies. With their first Mozart album, conductor and orchestra extend their successful PENTATONE discography that already contains the complete symphonies of Mendelssohn, crowned with a 2017 Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
Andrew Manze, conductor
Sensuously Mediterranean sounds and Northern solemnity shake hands on this recording of Mendelssohn’s Italian and Reformation symphonies (Nos. 4 and 5). This is the second release in a series of recordings in multi-channel surround sound for PENTATONE by the conductor Andrew Manze and the NDR Radiophilharmonie. Expectations are high after the first album of this series, a recording of Mendelssohn’s first and third symphonies, was crowned with a 2017 Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
It’s no wonder that Robert Schumann dubbed Mendelssohn the “Mozart of the nineteenth century”; with his felicitous gift for melody and meticulous craftsmanship, his music positively brims with youthful spontaneity and exuberance, blending dreamy poetic flights with moments of affecting tenderness and serenity. All this comes together in his Italian symphony, that is so full of joie de vivre, so sparkling with energy and esprit, so full of Mediterranean gaiety. Far beyond the picturesque, the piece offers Mendelssohn’s profoundly personal reflection, transformed into music, on the impressions made on his senses by the landscape, architecture, lifestyle, and people of Italy.
Equally personal is Mendelssohn’s Reformation symphony, in which the devoutly Christian composer aimed to combine elements and traditions of sacred instrumental music with those of an autonomous symphony. The result is highly original: a so-called finale symphony, in which the programmatic destination of the entire work is oriented towards the finale, based on the Lutheran chorale “A mighty fortress is our God”.
Renowned for his boundless energy and scholarly knowledge and with many critically acclaimed recordings in a broad repertoire, Manze is celebrated as one of the most stimulating and inspirational conductors of his generation.
“Manze's take is wholly individual,” wrote the Guardian. “[Brahms’ symphonies] burst with life, by turns wistful, yearning, sharp-edged and blisteringly incisive … this is the composer reinvented for the 21st century.”
In September 2014 Andrew Manze became the Principal Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover and immediately made headlines.
Andrew Manze, conductor