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Hussein Chalayan
With Dudamel and Mozart, there's life in the old 'Linz' yet
With Dudamel and Mozart, there's life in the old 'Linz' yet

Mozart's Symphony No. 36, known as the "Linz," was tossed off in four days in 1783 when the 27-year-old composer arrived in the Austrian city and needed a new piece for his host, Count Thun-Hohenstein. A remarkable score, the weightiest thus far of Mozart's 41 symphonies and the first to have a brooding introduction signaling that weight, the score, nonetheless, gets the least attention of Mozart's other late, lasting symphonies. Thursday night the "Linz" got attention. Gustavo Dudamel made the half-hour symphony the most important piece of his Los Angeles Philharmonic program in Walt Disney Concert Hall. And he gave it a great performance. The...

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