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MOZART, L.: Toy Symphony / Symphony in G major, "Neue Lambacher" / Symphonies, Eisen G8, D15, A1 (Toronto Chamber Orchestra, Mallon)

Composer(s):Mozart, Leopold
Artist(s) Mallon, Kevin, Conductor • Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570499
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Leopold Mozart’s reputation has suffered more than that of most of his professional contemporaries, due in no small measure to the fame of his peerless son and to much spiteful and ill-informed criticism over the past 200 years. Yet he was an acute and sardonic observer of men and morals, a superlative critic and teacher and, as this recording shows, a fine composer whose works circulated well beyond the confines of Salzburg and made the name Mozart famous before it became immortal.


Review By James McCarthy,Limelight Magazine,July 2009

During the early music revival of the 1960s, many of us reached a point where if we heard another piece of 18th century musical wallpaper we would be tempted to hurl the radio across the room. However, it was very popular and this led to the record industry trawling the dusty libraries of Europe in search of more forgotten scores, occasionally finding a gem or two. Mozart’s father, Leopold, was a competent composer of the type of music that was rescued. Most of the music on this CD is better than music written by many other minor composers in this genre. It is gracious and charming with just enough musical invention to keep it all running smoothly. There is still argument about the creator of this Toy Symphony. The ball seems to be in the Leopold court at the moment.


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,November 2008

What could have been a fun record turns out to be a disappointment. The topnotch ensemble and director who have given us some of the best Handel (and other musicks) on record have in this instance slacked off. Little Wolfgang was writing better symphonies before he was ten. In other words, this is not very good music. All the more reason then to make the best of it, and put some fire under this weak brew. But Maestro Mallon’s approach to these works is uncharacteristically timid, and his musicians respond with a marked lack of enthusiasm. The only decent reading is in the second G Major work, the “Neue Lambacher Sinfonie”.

Review By James Manheim,,November 2008

This Naxos release is one of the few exclusively devoted to Leopold’s music. As such, it’s something of a revelation…An indicator of its high quality is that several of them have in the past been attributed to the younger Mozart. Given that Wolfgang was indeed alive and working when these works were composed…this disc is worth hearing again…

Review By David Denton, Naxos,October 2008

To further the career of his young son and daughter, Leopold Mozart largely sacrificed his own life as a composer. Today he is largely remembered by his Toy Symphony, those ‘toy’ instruments in concert invariably played by celebrities who are having fun. In fact, it may not actually have been his work, and if so would unquestionably be one of his weakest scores. That is highlighted here by its inclusion in a disc of his estimable Symphonies—or Sinfonias as they were described at the time. They number around sixty though he may well have composed many more that were lost. Composed between 1740 and 1760—before his two famous children came on the scene—they were written at a time when he was an orchestral violinist and teacher. He used both



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