How to Build a Classical CD Collection

27. Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 40 & 41

Mozart is among the most popular of classical composers today. His last two symphonies, Symphony No. 40 in G minor and the famous Jupiter Symphony, were written at a time when the composer was more than usually short of money. The few weeks of composition coincide exactly with a period when Mozart was seeking a substantial enough loan from a fellow free-mason. The opening of Symphony No. 40 became all too familiar from the first version of Hooked on Classics, a spurious musical hors d'oeuvres. The Jupiter, not known to Mozart by that name, ends with a remarkable final movement in which the composer has the art to hide his own complex command of technique.

Recommended recording
Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 40 & 41 "Jupiter", played by the Capella Istropolitana under Barry Wordsworth. Naxos 8.550299

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