MOZART: “Youth Symphonies” Vol. 2 = Sym. No. 20; No. 45; No. 46; No. 47; No. 51 – Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner – Pentatone

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MOZART “Youth Symphonies” Vol. 2:  Sym. No. 20 in D; No.
45 in D; No. 46 in C; No. 47 in D; No. 51 in D – Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/ Sir Neville Marriner – Pentatone multichannel RQR SACD, 62:41 ****:
We have here another from the many 4.0 channel recordings made in the
70s by Philips for possible quadraphonic LP release, but then withheld
when the format died and it was realized the various
record-groove-based technologies just didn’t do justice to the surround
recordings.These date from 1973.  I recall a set of all the early
Mozart symphonies on Westminster in mono.  This one easily
surpasses that on every count, with bright and enthusiastic takes on
these three-movement works which were nothing like Mozart’s later great symphonies but do show his beginning to work toward a symphonic style entirely his own. J.C. Bach, Stamitz and Wagenseil were among his models.  The symphonies 45 thru 47 are thought to have been
written on Mozart’s trips to Italy and show a strong Italianate
quality.  No. 51 is actually an overture to an opera. Sonics are
unimpeachable; one doesn’t miss the center channel signal at all.

– John Sunier

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