The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Sir Neville Marriner, conductor.
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Mozart specialist Marriner has done two complete sets of the symphonies: one in the anniversary year of 1991, and this 1970s Phillips version (now digitally remastered). As the Washington Post remarked, "This is the sort of thing that happens to a musical ensemble if it stays at the top of the field long enough."
"Sir Neville's excellent set of the later Mozart symphonies with the Academy is a delightÖ. Not only this Haffner but the other two symphonies as well stood up remarkably well next to their rivals, often the most polished performances of all, fresh and urgent on the one hand, elegant on the other. It was an amazing achievement that Marriner in this massive project consistently avoided any hint of routine in the playing of the Academy."óGramophone