Mozart's last symphony, written in 1788 when he was 32, is what one reviewer described as a "compositional and expressive high-wire act." If one simply tracked his remarkable, short life through his symphonies, one would witness the birth an a new form of music, all taking place over the span of two short decades. This symphony says as much about what is to follow as it says about who he was. Mozart as way-pointer.
And, I always love Marriner's interpretations.