Mozart Greatest Hits

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Increasing ecological awareness has had an interesting side effect: classical recording companies are taking the opportunity to squeeze one more go-round out of warhorse catalog items by reissuing them in "green" packaging. The performances here date back as far as 1958, but at least the producers haven't done things completely on the cheap; there's a little insert with a tracklist and a brief but appropriate little essay about Mozart. With a few exceptions, these are all hits and all strong performances even if distinctly oversized by present-day standards. The "hits" aspect is the weaker of the two, for the chamber selections are very odd. There are no string quartets, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Increasing ecological awareness has had an interesting side effect: classical recording companies are taking the opportunity to squeeze one more go-round out of warhorse catalog items by reissuing them in "green" packaging. The performances here date back as far as 1958, but at least the producers haven't done things completely on the cheap; there's a little insert with a tracklist and a brief but appropriate little essay about Mozart. With a few exceptions, these are all hits and all strong performances even if distinctly oversized by present-day standards. The "hits" aspect is the weaker of the two, for the chamber selections are very odd. There are no string quartets, and it would be hard to find even a devoted Mozartian who would consider the "Divertimento in D major, K. 251" the "Nannerl Septet", one of Mozart's greatest hits. The orchestral selections are all well known, however, and there's even a certain pleasure in hearing the varied takes of the great conductors of the third quarter of the twentieth century on Mozart: the brisk pace and pleasantly astringent tone of Szell, the broad drama of Levine, and the deliberate elegance of Leinsdorf. There are three operatic arias, which is to the good; omission of vocal music is a common flaw in collections of this kind, and the reading of "Der Hölle Rache," the over-the-top aria of the furious Queen of the Night in "The Magic Flute" by Polish coloratura soprano Zdislawa Donat who was famed for this particular piece, is chillingly precise. Nobody's Mozart collection should end with this rather random disc, but the remastering is reasonable and the music is commute-worthy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886974256526
  • Catalog Number: 742565

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Overture - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & George Szell (4:03)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byGeorge Szell
    Performed byGeorge Szell, Cleveland Orchestra
  2. 2 Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: 2. Andante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Colin Davis (7:41)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byColin Davis
    Performed byColin Davis, English Chamber Orchestra
  3. 3 Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545: 1. Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Philippe Entremont (2:23)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  4. 4 Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: 1. Molto allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (7:21)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byJames Levine
    Performed byChicago Symphony Orchestra, James Levine
  5. 5 Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): Rondo alla turca - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Canadian Brass (2:28)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  6. 6 Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: 1. Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Erich Leinsdorf (5:52)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byErich Leinsdorf
    Performed byErich Leinsdorf, Boston Symphony Orchestra
  7. 7 Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Dies Irae - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Tölzer Knabenchor (1:58)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byBruno Weil
    Performed byTölzer Knabenchor, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Bruno Weil
  8. 8 Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola & orchestra in E flat major, K. 364 (K. 320d): 3. Presto - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Shlomo Mintz (6:11)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byVladimir Spivakov
    Performed byMoscow Virtuosi, Vladimir Spivakov
  9. 9 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Là Ci Darem La Mano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Teresa Berganza (3:16)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byLorin Maazel
    Performed byTeresa Berganza, Ruggero Raimondi, Chorus of the Théâtre National de l'Opéra, Orchestra of the Théâtre National de l'Opéra, Lorin Maazel
  10. 10 Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495: 3. Rondo. Allegro vivace - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Mason Jones (3:36)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byEugene Ormandy
    Performed byEugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
  11. 11 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Der Hölle Rache (Queen of the Night's Vengeance Ar - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (2:57)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byJames Levine
    Performed byVienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Zdislawa Donat, James Levine
  12. 12 German dance for orchestra in C major ("Die Schlittenfahrt"), K. 605/3 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Boston Pops Orchestra (2:44)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byArthur Fiedler
    Performed byBoston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler
  13. 13 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Non Più Andrai - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Colin Davis (3:56)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byColin Davis
    Performed byColin Davis, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Alan Titus
  14. 14 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: March of the Preists - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Erich Leinsdorf (4:10)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byErich Leinsdorf
    Performed byErich Leinsdorf, London Symphony Orchestra
  15. 15 Sinfonia concertante for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons in G major (from "Posthorn" Serende, K.320): 6. Menuetto - Trio 1 - Trio 2 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Colin Davis (4:58)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byColin Davis
    Performed byColin Davis, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  16. 16 Divertimento No. 11 for oboe, 2 horns & strings in D major, K. 251: 1. Allegro molto - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Helmut Hucke (4:46)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Beautiful

    Mozart's music has always been a favorite of mine. I find that there is a song on the cd for every mood I can be in during the day. This is great for listening to at work.

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