Sunday, 10 August 2008

141. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Symphony no.36 "Linz" (1783)


Title: Symphony no. 36, Symphony no. 38
Performer: Prague Chamber Orchestra
Director: Charles Mackerras
Year: 1986
Length: 26 minutes


This is an interesting Symphony for a couple of reasons, firstly it was composed in only 4 days, and that is a testament to Mozart's genius and work capacity, secondly it is the first of his Symphonies to start slow. It isn't the most spectacular of his symphonies, but there is plenty to like here.

It is, all in all quite a light and airy Symphony, Mozart does a particularly good use of tutti throughout the piece, and the finale is the great highlights of the Symphony.

There are more spectacular Mozart symphonies to come, this last three are the particular highlights of his career, and we will have them (39,40,41) here eventually. But while we don't, this is something to whet your appetite. Fun, brilliant and light-hearted.

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From Wikipedia:

The Symphony No. 36 in C major, KV 425, (known as the Linz Symphony) was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart during a stopover in the Austrian town of Linz on his and his wife's way back home to Vienna from Salzburg in late 1783. The entire symphony was written in four days to accommodate the local count's announcement, upon hearing of the Mozarts' arrival in Linz, of a concert.

Linz fragment:

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