Essential Mozart

Essential Mozart

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It's hard to believe that Mozart (1756-1791) wrote as much as he did in his brief lifespan -- well over 600 works, many of them large in scale. (As Tom Lehrer once remarked, "It is a sobering thought that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years.") Add to that the fact that he excelled in every musical genre of his time, and his gifts are simply… See more details below

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It's hard to believe that Mozart (1756-1791) wrote as much as he did in his brief lifespan -- well over 600 works, many of them large in scale. (As Tom Lehrer once remarked, "It is a sobering thought that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years.") Add to that the fact that he excelled in every musical genre of his time, and his gifts are simply staggering. In two discs, Essential Mozart collects 32 excerpts from a variety of the composer's works, providing a wide-ranging overview of his astonishing output. There are movements from symphonies and sonatas, concertos and chamber music, as well as arias from operas and assorted vocal works. Some of the pieces are little-known charmers (the two orchestral dances on the first disc, for example), but most are major milestones and deserve a place in any classical music collection (the 40th Symphony or the Clarinet Quintet are but two examples). There are some big-name performers here, too: conductors Georg Solti, Neville Marriner, and Herbert von Karajan; instrumentalists Joshua Bell, Andras Schiff, and Vladimir Ashkenazy; and vocalists Cecilia Bartoli, Renée Fleming, and Bryn Terfel, among others. With first-rate performances and excellent sound, Essential Mozart is a perfect introduction to the endless delights of Mozart's music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2001
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028946851722
catalogNumber:
468517
Rank:
8286

Tracks

  1. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: Allegro  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - Penny Bennett
  2. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: Andante  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Penny Bennett  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Radu Lupu  - Uri Segal
  3. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Cecilia Bartoli  - Penny Bennett  - György Fischer  -  Vienna Chamber Orchestra
  4. Clarinet Quintet in A major ("Stadler") K. 581: Largetto  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Penny Bennett  - Fritz Dolezal  - Werner Hink  - Hubert Kroisamer  - Peter Schmidl
  5. Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings, & organ, K. 618  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Penny Bennett  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - James Vivian
  6. Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus, & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum - edited by Maunder, Richard  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Academy of Ancient Music  - Penny Bennett  -  Winchester Cathedral Choir  - David Hill  - Christopher Hogwood  - Emma Kirkby  -  Winchester College Quiristers
  7. Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): Andantino  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Academy of Ancient Music  - Penny Bennett  - Lisa Beznosiuk  - Christopher Hogwood  - Frances Kelly
  8. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Overture  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Penny Bennett  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Georg Solti
  9. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Trio: Soava sia il vento  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Anne Sofie von Otter  -  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  - Renée Fleming
  10. Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K. 543: Andante con moto  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Penny Bennett  -  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  - Georg Solti
  11. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495: Rondo  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Penny Bennett  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Barry Tuckwell
  12. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Serenade: Deh, vieni alla finestra  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Penny Bennett  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Georg Solti  - Bryn Terfel
  13. Contredanse for orchestra in C major, K. 609/1: No. 1 Non più andrai  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Willi Boskovsky  -  Wiener Mozart Ensemble
  14. German dance for orchestra in C major ("Die Schlittenfahrt"), K. 605/3: No. 3 Sleigh Ride  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Willi Boskovsky  -  Wiener Mozart Ensemble
  15. Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: Adagio  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Vladimir Ashkenazy  - Penny Bennett  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra
  16. Divertimento for 2 horns & strings in F major ("Ein musikalischer Spass," "A Musical Joke"), K. 522: Presto  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Willi Boskovsky  -  Wiener Mozart Ensemble
  17. Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: Molto allegro  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Penny Bennett  - Herbert von Karajan
  18. Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - András Schiff
  19. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Queen of the Night aria, Der Hölle Rache  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Penny Bennett  - Sumi Jo  - Georg Solti
  20. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: Adagio  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Penny Bennett  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Franklin Cohen  - Christoph von Dohnányi
  21. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Là ci darem la mano  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Cecilia Bartoli  - Penny Bennett  - Myung-Whun Chung  -  Saint Cecilia Academy Orchestra  - Bryn Terfel
  22. Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major ("Gran Partita"), K. 361 (K. 370a): Adagio  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Penny Bennett  - Jack Brymer  -  Winds of the London Symphony Orchestra
  23. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Penny Bennett  - Hermann Prey  - Georg Solti
  24. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Dove sono  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Georg Solti  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Kiri Te Kanawa  - Penny Bennett
  25. Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: Adagio  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Joshua Bell  - Penny Bennett  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Peter Maag
  26. Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Lacrimosa  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Georg Solti  -  Vienna State Opera Chorus  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Penny Bennett
  27. Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 243  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Penny Bennett  -  St. John's College Choir, Cambridge  - George Guest  - Margaret Marshall  -  Wren Orchestra
  28. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): Rondo alla turca  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - András Schiff
  29. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Champagne aria: Fin ch'han dal vino  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Penny Bennett  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Georg Solti  - Bryn Terfel
  30. Divertimento No. 17 for 2 horns & strings in D major, K. 334 (K.320b): Minuet & Trio  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Willi Boskovsky  -  Wiener Mozart Ensemble
  31. Exsultate, jubilate, motet for soprano & orchestra, K. 165 (K. 158a): Alleluja  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Leontyne Price  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Penny Bennett  - Georg Solti
  32. Symphony No. 41 in C major ("Jupiter"), K. 551: Finale: Molto allegro  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Penny Bennett  - Georg Solti

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