Conducted by PETER MONTGOMERY
One of the most amazing feats of Mozart's wonderful career of less than thirty-six years was the reproduction within six weeks of three great symphonies, each one of them a master-piece. Things about him were anything but encouraging for the conception of fine music. He had succeeded Gluck as Master of the Imperial Music (Kapellmeister), but the, salary had been cut down by more than half, and Mozart was really-hard put to it to find the wherewithal for his household's daily needs. This apparently had very little influence on Mozart's creative gifts, and there is much in all these three symphonies that suggests the best of good spirits. This was the last of the three, and not only the last, but by common consent the greatest of all his Symphonies. No one knows who gave it the title ' the Jupiter ', but the whole world of music has long accepted it as in every way fitting for so great a work.
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