Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART
Symphony in G Minor No. 40, KV 550;
Symphony in D Major "Paris" No. 31, KV 297*
From the Rokokotheater Schloss Schwetzingen /
From the Mozarteum Salzburg* 1991
Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Stuttgart, Gianluigi Gelmetti /
Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Jeffrey Tate*
Directed by Jànos Darvas
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 4:3
Region Code: 0 worldwide
Menu Languages: D, F, GB, SP
Running Time: 56 mins
DVD 5/ NTSC
Cat no.: 100 073
The interval between these two great works spanned ten years, yet Mozart's D
major ("Paris") and G minor symphonies were both conceived in trying
times for the composer.
Mozart wrote his Symphony No. 31 while in Paris looking for a music position.
Once celebrated as a wunderkind by the French aristocracy, he scored only minor
successes during this stay, with little financial gain. Thoroughly disenchanted
with the French and their music Mozart left France saying of the symphony, "I
can answer for its pleasing the few intelligent French people who may be there
- and as for the stupid ones, I shall not consider it a great misfortune if
they are not pleased. I still hope, however, that even asses will find something
in it to admire."
The "Great" Symphony in G minor was composed in 1788 during Mozart's
residency in Vienna, where Don Giovanni had recently flopped after a successful
run in Prague. Indeed this symphony and his other two of this period remained
unpublished until after the composer's death, ironic given its popularity today.
It has a brooding, darker feel and gives an outlet to Mozart's frustration at
his financial worries and grief at the recent death of his six-month-old daughter.
In these 1991 recordings the celebrated RSO Stuttgart under Gianluigi Gelmetti
and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg under Mozart specialist Jeffrey Tate present
very different but equally fresh readings of these two middle-period works.
"... what matters is Tate's flair, his unforced ability to treat passages
or whole movements not in a safe way, apt for any Mozart symphony, but with
special concern for a particular and individual argument ... the sense of live
communication is exhilarating." Gramophone