MOZART Late Symphonies Bernstein 4776697
. . . this is the best way to get Lenny's bighearted and surprisingly egoless Mozart recordings . . . this box holds much for the listener to enjoy . . . these performances arguably show Lenny at his best in Classical repertoire . . . [Clarinet Concerto K. 622]: very beautifully shaped by both soloist and orchestra. The late symphonies have long been admired, and it's nice to have them all here in one place. The sacred works are uniformly outstanding; the "Great Mass" and "Requiem" (here in Franz Beyer's version) are both free of mannerism or pomposity . . . [the "Ave Verum Corpus"] sounds lovely, while Arleen Auger simply shines in the "Exultate, Jubilate".