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47. Mozart: 41st Symphony, “Jupiter”


[…] I have just listened to this symphony
which Mozart dashed off in one day
and it had enough
wild and crazy joy
to last forever, 
whatever forever is
Mozart came
as close as possible
to that.

Excerpt from  Miracle by Charles Bukowski 


Truth be told, Bukowski is probably refering to Mozart’s 25th or 36th symphony, that — as far as I know — are both ‘dashed off’ in a couple of days. But rumour has it there’s a special place in hell for people who ignore Mozart’s last — and greatest — symphony.

Recommended recording:
Karl Böhm & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Speaking of hell, chances are you’ll meet conductor Karl Böhm there. At age 29 he stopped a rehearsal in Munich to watch Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch. Like Karajan he used the political situation in the ‘30’s to advance his own career. After a denazification trial and a two year ban from conducting he redeemed himself musically with a legendary Mozart cycle. Indeed, the symphony crowd has to go to greath lenghts to deal with the wartime talents. Forgive but never forget and all.

Judged on its merits, Böhm’s performance with the Berlin PO is the probably the best recording of the 41st available. But there’s always Lenny to ease your conscience.

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