CD of the Week | Mozart Symphonies 39 & 40; René Jacobs & The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

 

Listen to samples of the recording here.

 

With his landmark series of opera recordings and one disc of symphonies (the “Prague” and “Jupiter”) already under his belt, René Jacobs has securely established himself as one of the most exciting Mozart conductors of our time. So expectations were high, and this second disc of Mozart's Symphonies 39 & 40 does not disappoint. Once again he has succeeded in nothing less than re-creating the shock of the new in these works—not, for the most part, through any outlandish novelty or provocation (although that’s not entirely missing), but on the music’s own 18th-century terms.