Ultimate Mozart

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All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
This set of recordings from the vaults of the Decca and Philips labels has an advantage over other samplers of the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in that it gives listeners complete multimovement works, not just a single movement or an excerpt of a movement. On the other hand, because of this, the number of works presented is by necessity much smaller than other compilations. Rest assured, though, that the producers selected the best of the best of Mozart's compositions. The symphonies are represented by "No. 40" and "No. 41" on the first disc of the set, with Georg Solti conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. The concertos covered on discs 2 and 3 include the ...
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All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
This set of recordings from the vaults of the Decca and Philips labels has an advantage over other samplers of the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in that it gives listeners complete multimovement works, not just a single movement or an excerpt of a movement. On the other hand, because of this, the number of works presented is by necessity much smaller than other compilations. Rest assured, though, that the producers selected the best of the best of Mozart's compositions. The symphonies are represented by "No. 40" and "No. 41" on the first disc of the set, with Georg Solti conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. The concertos covered on discs 2 and 3 include the "Piano Concerto No. 21 Elvira Madigan" with Vladimir Ashkenazy; the romance-tinged "Flute and Harp Concerto, K. 299"; and the bright "Horn Concerto No. 4." Disc 4 covers the chamber music with "Eine kleine Nachtmusik," the "Serenata Notturna," and three divertimentos. Finally, the "Requiem" and the "Coronation Mass" on disc 5 are, to many, the high points of Mozart's choral music. Both feature conductor Peter Schreier and the Dresden State Orchestra, with Margaret Price, Theo Adam, and Thomas Quasthoff among the soloists. These recordings, and especially those featuring Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, are very recommendable, even though originally recorded between 1968 and 1991. This is a fine set for someone who wants to get to know Mozart's music but isn't interested in just bits and pieces of it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2006
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947580522
  • Catalog Number: 000766002
  • Sales rank: 51,363

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Chamber Orchestra of Europe (26:09)
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 41 in C major ("Jupiter"), K. 551 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Chamber Orchestra of Europe (28:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Vladimir Ashkenazy (29:27)
  2. 2 Rondo for piano No. 3 in A minor, K. 511 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Vladimir Ashkenazy (10:12)
  3. 5–7 Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Vladimir Ashkenazy (34:24)
Disc 3
  1. 1–3 Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (28:35)
  2. 4–6 Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (27:30)
  3. 7–9 Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (16:02)
  4. 8 Rondo for horn & orchestra in E flat major (fragment), K. 371 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (5:30)
Disc 4
  1. 1–4 Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (17:54)
  2. 5–7 Serenade No. 6 for orchestra in D major ("Serenata Notturna"), K. 239 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (12:42)
  3. 8–10 Divertimento for string quartet (or string orchestra) in D major ("Salzburg Symphony No. 1"), K. 136 (K. 125a) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (13:13)
  4. 11–13 Divertimento for string quartet (or string orchestra) in B flat major ("Salzburg Symphony No. 2"), K. 137 (K. 125b) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (10:51)
  5. 14–16 Divertimento for string quartet (or string orchestra) in F major ("Salzburg Symphony No. 3"), K. 138 (K. 125c) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Neville Marriner (9:43)
Disc 5
  1. 1–14 Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Theo Adam (51:01)
  2. 15–20 Mass No. 15 for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major ("Coronation"), K. 317 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Hans Peter Blochwitz (24:28)
  3. 16 Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & MDR Leipzig Radio Chorus (3:02)
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