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Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550
Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 ‘Jupiter’
“Antonello Manacorda, with his recordings for Sony Classical and numerous outstanding engagements in the opera world, has shortly become one of the most interesting conductors of today. The Sony Classical recordings of all Schubert symphonies with the Kammerakademie Potsdam received numerous awards worldwide and are considered a reference recording.
The Mendelssohn symphonies with this ensemble were also euphorically praised: “Great art of phrasing, rousing romantic élan and a well-balanced plasticity of the overall sound are only some of the trump cards played. […] Manacorda and the Kammerakademie Potsdam know exactly how to offer listening alternatives without stretching the bow too far or even relying on pure effect. […] Here one notices the pleasure the team has taken in playing this music.” (Rondo) “Not only does the warmly grounded, discreetly roughened sound of the orchestra turn our image of Mendelssohn upside down: Manacorda also designs with great attention to detail. He masterfully builds up phrases and balances the overall sound, and he has an unerring sense of tempo. Everything breathes here, the music is constantly in flow, […] [a] largely perfect picture.” (Concerti).
Antonello Manacorda is considered a proven Mozart expert, especially in the opera world, and so it stands to reason that the new album also presents an exciting Mozart: The last three symphonies of Mozart (1756-1791). Symphonies Nos. 39, 40 and 41 were all written by Mozart in the summer of 1788 and completed in just two months. Mozart completed the Symphony in E-flat Major, K. 543 (No. 39) on June 26, the Symphony in G Minor, K. 550 (No. 40) followed on July 25, and the famous “Jupiter” C Major Symphony, K. 551 (No. 41) on August 10. A common opinion is that Mozart conceived the three works as a unity with great inherent variety, and that he “paralleled” the individual symphonies