Mozart - Symphonies 39 & 40 | Berlin Classics 0300881BC

Mozart - Symphonies 39 & 40


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Label: Berlin Classics

Cat No: 0300881BC

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 21st April 2017



Staatskapelle Dresden


Otmar Suitner


Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Symphony no.39 in E flat major, K543
Symphony no.40 in G minor, K550


Staatskapelle Dresden


Otmar Suitner


Most of Otmar Suitner’s Mozart recordings with the Dresden Staatskapelle were made after his time as conductor there had come to an end, in the summer of 1964, when he moved to direct the State Opera in Berlin. “I have been in charge of many recordings, and the execution was seldom so smooth. It was all so relaxed and easy-going. We always felt the joy of musicmaking,” producer Heinz Wegner remembers. At the same time, Suitner’s Mozart was stylistically anything but arbitrary: “He naturally had a concept and he knew how to implement it, so that his interpretations – as if influenced by some enigmatic powers – always generated a specially ‘natural’ listening experience. I never experienced that in Mozart with any other conductor.”

Otmar Suitner’s great success as Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden remains a fascinating phenomenon to this day. Seldom has a young conductor fulfilled expectations of him in such a brilliant manner. When, in 1960 at just 38 years of age, he took up his new post, few people would have believed that fifty years later memories would still regularly be re-awakened of his Mozart recordings.

Producer Heinz Wegner explains: “What we hear on this recording seemed to emerge as if by magic. When he conducted Mozart, something seemed to happen to the music to the extent that it just seemed he had captured the quintessence of the composer.”


Suitner’s Mozart recordings fall very happily on the ear, with sound (1974-75 in this instance) that is warm yet admirably transparent. ... A distinctive coupling, well worth investigating, as are all Suitner’s Mozart discs.  Rob Cowan
Gramophone Awards 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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