The symphony as a genre followed an evolutionary path through many configurations before Mozart came to compose his first in 1764 - at the age of eight.
By the time he reached his 'Symphony No 36', Mozart was very accomplished in the form and the work was composed in a matter of four days, in the Austrian city of Linz. Mozart and his wife stopped over in Linz as they were travelling back to Vienna after a rather unhappy visit to his father Leopold in Salzburg.
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lars Vogt
There are four movements and Mozart himself directed that the finale should be played 'as fast as possible'.
It throws caution to the winds and gallops along to bring the symphony to a joyful close.
Recorded 26 October 2018, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ Concert.
Producer: David McCaw
Engineer: Graham Kennedy