Accolades galore were heaped on Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) last year for their recordings of Mozart's symphonies 38-41, so this latest collection comes with a heightened sense of expectation – and doesn't disappoint. Even though the earlier symphonies lack the maturity and startling grandeur of the Prague and the Jupiter, Mackerras manages to wring every last drop from them, and the SCO's glorious playing is enhanced by Linn's admirable recording technique, which enables us to experience the close-quarter intimacy Mozart's audiences would have enjoyed. Highly recommended.
Mozart Symphonies, 29, 31, 32, 35 and 36 Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Mackerras | CD review
Stephen Pritchard has written on classical music for most of his 45 years in journalism. He was the Observer's first readers' editor, and prior to that was a managing editor and production editor