Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38 & 39 NDR Radiophilharmonie & Andrew Manze

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Label: PentaTone

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Orchestral

Artist: NDR Radiophilharmonie & Andrew Manze

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)


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  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791): Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504 "Prague":
  • 1Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504 "Prague": I. Adagio - Allegro18:29
  • 2Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504 "Prague": II. Andante12:13
  • 3Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504 "Prague": III. Finale. Presto08:13
  • Symphony No. 39 in E-Flat Major, K. 543:
  • 4Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-Flat Major, K. 543: I. Adagio - Allegro10:51
  • 5Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-Flat Major, K. 543: II. Andante con moto08:15
  • 6Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-Flat Major, K. 543: III. Menuetto. Allegretto04:40
  • 7Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-Flat Major, K. 543: IV. Finale. Allegro08:27
  • Total Runtime01:11:08

Info for Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38 & 39

Expansive Symphonies played with energy and urgency: The NDR Philharmonie and Andrew Manze continue their exploration of Mozart’s late orchestral works with a recording of the composers 38th and 39th symphonies. Nicknamed after Prague, where it was first performed in 1787, the 38th shares with its successor a solemn, “Romantic” slow introduction to the first movement, followed by lighter music that shares a kinship with the playful arias and ensembles of Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni, composed in the same period. By playing all repeats, Manze underlines the ambitious, expansive character of these works, but the NDR Radiophilharmonie never drags, offering the same energy and sense of urgency as in their acclaimed interpretation of Mozart’s 40th and 41st symphonies, released in 2019.

In their collaboration, Andrew Manze brings his experience in the field of historically-informed performance to the polished symphonic sound of the NDR Radiophilharmonie, resulting in a prize-winning complete cycle of Mendelssohn symphonies (2017-2018), as well as highly-praised interpretations of Mozart’s 40th and 41st symphonies (2019) and Beethoven’s 5th and 7th symphonies (2020), all released on PENTATONE.

NDR Radiophilharmonie
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.

NDR Radiophilharmonie
Andrew Manze, conductor

Booklet for Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38 & 39

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