MusicWeb International One of the most grown-up review sites around 2024
60,000 reviews
... and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here Acte Prealable Polish CDs

Presto Music CD retailer
Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             

Some items
to consider

new MWI
Current reviews

old MWI
pre-2023 reviews

paid for

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews

Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

All Troubadisc reviews

FOGHORN Classics

Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews

All HDTT reviews

Songs to Harp from
the Old and New World

all Nimbus reviews

all tudor reviews

Follow us on Twitter

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Contributing Editor
Ralph Moore
   David Barker
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger


Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Chandos recordings
All Chandos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews

all Bridge reviews

all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews

All Eloquence reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews


Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing



CD: AmazonUK AmazonUS

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
CD 1
Symphony No. 29 in A, K. 201 [21:08]
Symphony No. 31 in D, K. 297, Paris [16:47]
Alternative second movement for No. 31 [3:26]
Symphony No. 32 in G, K. 318 [7:39]
CD 2
Symphony No. 35 in D, K. 385, Haffner [20:30]
Symphony No. 36 in C, K. 425, Linz [36:47]
Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Sir Charles Mackerras
rec. City Halls, Glasgow, 11-17 July 2009
LINN CKD350 [59:26 + 57:31]

Experience Classicsonline

When I reviewed this team in a concert last January I said that few things can bring a smile to the face like an evening spent in the company of Sir Charles Mackerras. Happily the same is true of this CD, coming on the heels of the orchestra’s fabulously successful and wonderfully played recording of Mozart’s last symphonies. Many of us hoped that Linn would follow that earlier issue with more from Mozart’s symphonic canon, and after listening to this CD I find that the hunger for more has only increased, so rich is the experience on offer here.
Mackerras has spent a lifetime getting inside Mozart’s music and for much of that lifetime his discoveries have been made with his beloved Scottish Chamber Orchestra. This is a team that knows each other and the composer inside out and, while Mackerras brings his lifetime of experience to enrich this music, this CD is what it is because of the warmth, trust and affection between conductor and band. That’s apparent first of all in the beautifully warm string playing that characterises Symphony No. 29. Its gentle contours are shaped with love and affection but it always surges forward purposefully, not least in the bustling first movement: listen out for the cheeky horns in the coda, a distinctive Mackerras touch. There is plenty of room to breathe in the second movement, however, taken here at a more upbeat pace but still sounding lovely because of its characteristic string playing. This gives way to rhythmic bounce and jollity in the menuet before an exhilarating finale. In all of these symphonies, as in the previous recording, Mackerras observes every available repeat.
I don’t think I’ve ever heard the Paris symphony sound quite so overtly majestic as it does here. The opening is surely the grandest, most self-confident beginning in Mozart’s symphonic output, not surprising when he was writing it to gain the favour of the Paris audience. The natural brass and timpani bring the extrovert character to the fore and, while the second subject is well contrasted, the sense of scale is maintained right to the end. The Paris audience was unhappy with the symphony’s original slow movement so Mozart wrote an alternative, the one we are more used to hearing today. Both are included here, and the original has rather more forward momentum than the one we are used to, but both have their appeal. The perpetuum mobile of the finale is every bit as exciting as the rush of the first movement. The under-rated No. 32 is given in its version with trumpets and timpani, and excitement is the key note here too, though there is plenty of room to linger in the central Andante. Timothy Jones’ excellent booklet notes tell us a lot about this symphony’s unusual form, as well as providing excellent contextual background and analysis for all the works.
The Haffner’s first movement bristles with energy while the slow movement is full of understated poise. The menuet restrains the bluster and the finale is whole-scale fun writ large, especially in some of the string figurations of the coda.
The Linz, my favourite Mozart symphony, is full of restrained grandeur, though the slow introduction sounds a little thin. The pace and energy of the Allegro sets the pulse racing and the period-style playing gives an edge to the music which makes it all the more immediate. The slow movement sways with magisterial grace and makes the most of the troubling plunges into the minor key. The menuet is lithe and flexible and the finale is tremendously exciting, especially in the frenetic repeated quavers of the coda.
All told this is top-notch stuff from a winning team. Linn’s recorded sound is exemplary and this issue deserves to earn as many awards as its predecessor.
Simon Thompson


Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews


      Composer surveys
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site


Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure



Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Past and present

Helpers invited!

How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips

Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Other links
Web News sites etc

A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools

Untitled Document

Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer."-->