Best Mozart 50

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
EMI's Best Mozart 50 is a three-disc sampler of the most famous pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, regarded by many as the greatest composer of the Classical era. The selections touch on all the genres Mozart composed in, including concertos, symphonies, operas, chamber music, and keyboard works, but in most cases, these famous pieces are represented by single movements and excerpts which may not give an accurate impression of what the full compositions are like. Newcomers to Mozart should be aware that classical greatest-hits compilations seldom present complete multimovement works, and the only exceptions here are the "Serenade in G major, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," and...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
EMI's Best Mozart 50 is a three-disc sampler of the most famous pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, regarded by many as the greatest composer of the Classical era. The selections touch on all the genres Mozart composed in, including concertos, symphonies, operas, chamber music, and keyboard works, but in most cases, these famous pieces are represented by single movements and excerpts which may not give an accurate impression of what the full compositions are like. Newcomers to Mozart should be aware that classical greatest-hits compilations seldom present complete multimovement works, and the only exceptions here are the "Serenade in G major, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," and the popular "Piano Sonata in C major, Sonata semplice." EMI has drawn on its deep backlist to provide examples of the most recognizable works in performances by many highly regarded artists of the late 20th century. The recording dates from 1960 to 1992, so the mix of ADD and DDD tracks guarantees some variability in the sound, but not enough to be disconcerting. The organization of the package is threefold, with concertos and symphonies grouped on Disc 1; the operas "Le nozze di Figaro," "Così fan tutte," and "Don Giovanni" sampled on Disc 2; and chamber and keyboard pieces assigned to Disc 3. It's difficult to dispute any of the choices here, except for the absence of any of Mozart's sacred music, of which the "Requiem" surely deserves some mention. But for an introduction to the world of Mozart, this package is serviceable, and with any luck it will steer beginners in the right direction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099945752421
  • Catalog Number: 57524
  • Sales rank: 43,286

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: 1. Molto allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (7:42)
  2. 2 Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: 2. Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Thomas Beecham (8:53)
  3. 3 Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183 (K. 173dB): 1. Allegro (opening) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (4:44)
  4. 4 Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: 2. Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Christian Zacharias (5:18)
  5. 5 Fantasia for piano in D minor (fragment), K. 397 (K. 385g): 4. Finale: Presto - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & English Chamber Orchestra (4:17)
  6. 6 Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: 2. Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jörg Faerber (8:59)
  7. 7 Divertimento No. 17 for 2 horns & strings in D major, K. 334 (K.320b): 3. Menuetto - Trio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Stockholm Chamber Orchestra (4:26)
  8. 8 Symphony No. 41 in C major ("Jupiter"), K. 551: 4. Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (6:09)
  9. 9 Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: 2. Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Daniel Barenboim (7:38)
  10. 10 Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495: 3. Rondo: Allegro vivace - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (3:35)
  11. 11 Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): 2. Andantino - James Galway & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (8:18)
  12. 12 Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola & orchestra in E flat major, K. 364 (K. 320d): 3. Presto - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (6:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Overture - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Riccardo Muti (3:58)
  2. 2 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Non più andrai - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Riccardo Muti (3:40)
  3. 3 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi amor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Riccardo Muti (3:47)
  4. 4 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Ann Murray (2:56)
  5. 5 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Hai già vinta la causa!...Vedrò, metr'io sospiro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jorma Hynninen (4:39)
  6. 6 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Dove sono - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Riccardo Muti (4:20)
  7. 7 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Canzonetta sull'aria...Che soave zefiretto - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Kathleen Battle (2:28)
  8. 8 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Deh vieni, non tardar - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Kathleen Battle (3:26)
  9. 9 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Bella vita militar - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Riccardo Muti (1:43)
  10. 10 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave sia il vento - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Agnes Baltsa (3:21)
  11. 11 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Smanie implacabili - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Agnes Baltsa (2:05)
  12. 12 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: L'intatta fede...Come scoglio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Margaret Marshall (5:17)
  13. 13 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Un'aura amorosa - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Francisco Araiza (5:17)
  14. 14 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Madamina, il catalogo è questo - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Riccardo Muti (5:48)
  15. 15 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Là ci darem la mano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Susanne Mentzer (3:20)
  16. 16 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Or sai chi l'onore - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Riccardo Muti (2:58)
  17. 17 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Dalla sua pace - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Frank Lopardo (5:00)
  18. 18 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Finch'han dal vino - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Riccardo Muti (1:16)
  19. 19 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Deh, vieni alla finestra - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Riccardo Muti (2:03)
  20. 20 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Vedrai, carino - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Susanne Mentzer (3:48)
  21. 21 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: In quali eccessi, o Numi...Mi tradì, quell'alma in - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Riccardo Muti (6:02)
  22. 22 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Questo è il fin - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Natale de Carolis (1:46)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): 3. Rondo alla turca: Allegretto - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Andrei Gavrilov (3:28)
  2. 2 Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major ("Gran Partita"), K. 361 (K. 370a): 3. Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (5:27)
  3. 3 Das Butterbrot, for piano - Emile Naoumoff & Leopold Mozart (1:15)
  4. 4 Sonata for violin & piano No. 21 in E minor, K. 304 (K. 300c): 1. Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Frank Peter Zimmermann (9:02)
  5. 5 Variations (12) on "Ah, vous dirai-je maman," for piano in C major, K. 265 (K. 300e) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Aldo Ciccolini (9:35)
  6. 6–9 Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (16:38)
  7. 7 German dance for orchestra in C major ("Die Schlittenfahrt"), K. 605/3 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (3:09)
  8. 8 Fantasia for piano in D minor (fragment), K. 397 (K. 385g) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Alexander Lonquich (5:38)
  9. 9 Divertimento for violin, viola & cello in E flat major, K. 563: 6. Finale: Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Gérard Caussé (6:34)
  10. 10 Maurerische Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music), for orchestra in C minor, K. 477 (K. 479a) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (5:56)
  11. 14–16 Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jean-Bernard Pommier (10:33)
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