Best Mozart 50

Best Mozart 50

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Best Mozart 50

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2010
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 5099945752421
catalogNumber: 57524

Tracks

  1. Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545
  2. Maurerische Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music), for orchestra in C minor, K. 477 (K. 479a)
  3. Divertimento for violin, viola & cello in E flat major, K. 563: 6. Finale: Allegro
  4. Fantasia for piano in D minor (fragment), K. 397 (K. 385g)
  5. German dance for orchestra in C major ("Die Schlittenfahrt"), K. 605/3
  6. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525
  7. Variations (12) on "Ah, vous dirai-je maman," for piano in C major, K. 265 (K. 300e)
  8. Sonata for violin & piano No. 21 in E minor, K. 304 (K. 300c): 1. Allegro
  9. Das Butterbrot, for piano
  10. Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major ("Gran Partita"), K. 361 (K. 370a): 3. Adagio
  11. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): 3. Rondo alla turca: Allegretto
  12. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Questo è il fin
  13. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: In quali eccessi, o Numi...Mi tradì, quell'alma in
  14. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Vedrai, carino
  15. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Deh, vieni alla finestra
  16. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Finch'han dal vino
  17. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Dalla sua pace
  18. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Or sai chi l'onore
  19. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Là ci darem la mano
  20. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Madamina, il catalogo è questo
  21. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Un'aura amorosa
  22. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: L'intatta fede...Come scoglio
  23. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Smanie implacabili
  24. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave sia il vento
  25. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Bella vita militar
  26. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Deh vieni, non tardar
  27. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Canzonetta sull'aria...Che soave zefiretto
  28. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Dove sono
  29. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Hai già vinta la causa!...Vedrò, metr'io sospiro
  30. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete
  31. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi amor
  32. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Non più andrai
  33. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Overture
  34. Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola & orchestra in E flat major, K. 364 (K. 320d): 3. Presto
  35. Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): 2. Andantino
  36. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495: 3. Rondo: Allegro vivace
  37. Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: 2. Adagio
  38. Symphony No. 41 in C major ("Jupiter"), K. 551: 4. Allegro
  39. Divertimento No. 17 for 2 horns & strings in D major, K. 334 (K.320b): 3. Menuetto - Trio
  40. Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: 2. Adagio
  41. Fantasia for piano in D minor (fragment), K. 397 (K. 385g): 4. Finale: Presto
  42. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: 2. Andante
  43. Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183 (K. 173dB): 1. Allegro (opening)
  44. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: 2. Adagio
  45. Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: 1. Molto allegro

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