, February 2014
MOZART, W.A.: Symphonies, Vol. 11 (A. Fischer) - Nos. 36 and 39 6.220546
MOZART, W.A.: Symphonies, Vol. 12 (A. Fischer) - Nos. 40 and 41 6.220639
Adam Fischer’s Mozart symphony cycle concludes with the last symphonies, and it does so in terrific style. These are performances which rank among the best played on modern instruments: they may be played on today’s strings and winds, but they have quick tempos, sharp and snappy rhythms and many repeats intact. The timpanist pounds thrillingly with hard sticks; the conducting makes Mozart more of a fiery human and less of a powder-wigged demigod; the acoustic responds with a barely-tamed echo. The result is Mozart symphony performances which feel human, but like a jolly, effusive human, the type you meet at a party or see on TV and describe as being “larger than life”. If Karl Böhm’s Mozart is a Roman god sculpted from marble, Adam Fischer’s Mozart is out back sipping wines with Bacchus.
All in all, a truly spontaneous, exciting, glorious finish to an important Mozart cycle. Listening to these albums it’s possible to hear the symphonies as if they were new again. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review