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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
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: 3/13/2001
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028946851722
  • Catalog Number: 468517
  • Sales rank: 10,488

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (5:55)
  2. 2 Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Penny Bennett (7:18)
  3. 3 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Cecilia Bartoli (2:52)
  4. 4 Clarinet Quintet in A major ("Stadler") K. 581: Largetto - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Penny Bennett (6:51)
  5. 5 Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings, & organ, K. 618 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Penny Bennett (3:36)
  6. 6 Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus, & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum - edited by Maunder, Richard - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Academy of Ancient Music (4:30)
  7. 7 Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): Andantino - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Academy of Ancient Music (8:30)
  8. 8 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Overture - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Penny Bennett (3:58)
  9. 9 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Trio: Soava sia il vento - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Anne Sofie von Otter (2:51)
  10. 10 Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K. 543: Andante con moto - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Penny Bennett (7:56)
  11. 11 Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495: Rondo - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Penny Bennett (3:43)
  12. 12 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Serenade: Deh, vieni alla finestra - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Penny Bennett (2:19)
  13. 13 Contredanse for orchestra in C major, K. 609/1: No. 1 Non più andrai - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Willi Boskovsky (1:01)
  14. 14 German dance for orchestra in C major ("Die Schlittenfahrt"), K. 605/3: No. 3 Sleigh Ride - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Willi Boskovsky (2:54)
  15. 15 Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Vladimir Ashkenazy (7:35)
  16. 16 Divertimento for 2 horns & strings in F major ("Ein musikalischer Spass," "A Musical Joke"), K. 522: Presto - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Willi Boskovsky (4:54)
  17. 17 Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: Molto allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (7:47)
  18. 18 Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & András Schiff (3:03)
  19. 19 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Queen of the Night aria, Der Hölle Rache - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Penny Bennett (2:55)
  20. 20 Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Penny Bennett (7:18)
  21. 21 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Là ci darem la mano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Cecilia Bartoli (3:14)
  22. 22 Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major ("Gran Partita"), K. 361 (K. 370a): Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Penny Bennett (5:38)
  23. 23 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (2:57)
  24. 24 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Dove sono - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Georg Solti (4:59)
  25. 25 Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: Adagio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joshua Bell (8:10)
  26. 26 Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Lacrimosa - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Georg Solti (3:17)
  27. 27 Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 243 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Penny Bennett (7:20)
  28. 28 Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): Rondo alla turca - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & András Schiff (3:31)
  29. 29 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Champagne aria: Fin ch'han dal vino - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Penny Bennett (1:22)
  30. 30 Divertimento No. 17 for 2 horns & strings in D major, K. 334 (K.320b): Minuet & Trio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Willi Boskovsky (4:42)
  31. 31 Exsultate, jubilate, motet for soprano & orchestra, K. 165 (K. 158a): Alleluja - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Leontyne Price (2:57)
  32. 32 Symphony No. 41 in C major ("Jupiter"), K. 551: Finale: Molto allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (6:16)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i'm 23 and i listen to punk rock

    that's right and i love mozart, it's a guilty pleasure for me, i can't help it. this is the greatest cd of classical music you can buy.

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