Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - BRSO

Herbert Blomstedt conducts: W. A. Mozart – Symphonies Nos. 39, 40 & 41

CD: Herbert Blomstedt – Mozart Symphonien © BR-KLASSIK Label

BR-KLASSIK presents a new 2-CD set with the three last symphonies of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Live recordings with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and his close associate and regular guest conductor Herbert Blomstedt from 2013, 2017 und 2019.

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For today’s musicologists, performers and concert-going audiences, Mozart’s final symphonies are still a veritable miracle. Why they were written remains a mystery, and no-one knows whether Mozart ever heard them performed during his lifetime. One thing is certain: Mozart created three individual, distinctive and unique works here, which complement each other despite their extreme diversity.

The symphonies in E Major, K 543 (no. 39), G minor, K. 550 (no. 40), and C Major, K. 551 (no. 41, also known as “The Jupiter”) are the ones that most represent Mozart’s symphonic legacy to later generations of musicians. With its slow introduction, the Symphony in E flat major also opens the entire cycle, already giving the listener a sense of its highs and lows.

As early as 1800, the popular “Great” G minor Symphony was praised as the “painting of a passion-stricken soul”. Like its big sister, the “Jupiter” Symphony in C Major, it numbers among the most-played works in classical music and has been immortalized in countless recordings. Nevertheless, these symphonies – probably the most profound ones before Beethoven – reveal themselves as something quite new in every interpretation. “Mozart placed all the dark sides of human existence into his G minor Symphony”, says Herbert Blomstedt, adding that its “passion” continues to fascinate him.

The eminent Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt, a close associate and regular guest conductor of the BRSO, conducted the E Major Symphony on December 18 and 19, 2019 in the Philharmonie at the Munich Gasteig, the G minor Symphony in concerts on January 31 and February 1, 2013 and the “Jupiter” Symphony on December 21 and 22, 2017 in the Herkulessaal of Munich’s Residenz. The new 2-CD set from BR-KLASSIK now presents these great cornerstones of Mozart’s symphonic oeuvre –in the very best sound quality.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

CD 1 
Symphony No. 39 E Major, KV 543
Live recording: Munich, Philharmonie im Gasteig, 17–21 December 2019
Symphony No. 40 G minor, KV 550
Live recording: Munich, Herkulessaal der Residenz, 31 January – 1 February 2013
Total Time: 64’01 min.

CD 2 
Symphony No. 41 C Major, KV 551 “Jupiter-Symphonie“
Live recording: Munich, Herkulessaal der Residenz, 18-22 December 2017
Total Time: 38’30 min.

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Herbert Blomstedt,

  • The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks presents Mozart’s last symphonies, under the baton of guest conductor Herbert Blomstedt
  • Exciting live atmosphere
  • Recordings of Munich concerts from 2013, 2017 and 2019
  • Documenting the latest concerts conducted by the 95-year-old conducting legend