November 17, 2006
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Laura Carlo, this morning's announcer at Boston's classical music station, introduced Mozart's Symphony 40 in G minor (K. 550) as an example of Mozart at his most light and graceful.

Is there any Mozart symphony that is less light and graceful? (Wikipedia reports that Schumann "regarded it as possessing Grecian lightness and grace." But, surely, Schumann is thinking of Greece in terms of nostalgia and loss, not in terms of Arcadian sweetness and light.)

You can say all sorts of things, and they may seem to make sense.