Ultimate Mozart

Ultimate Mozart

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/2006
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947580522
catalogNumber: 000766002
Rank: 89016


  1. Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
  2. Symphony No. 41 in C major ("Jupiter"), K. 551
  3. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467
  4. Rondo for piano No. 3 in A minor, K. 511
  5. Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
  6. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
  7. Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c)
  8. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495
  9. Rondo for horn & orchestra in E flat major (fragment), K. 371
  10. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525
  11. Serenade No. 6 for orchestra in D major ("Serenata Notturna"), K. 239
  12. Divertimento for string quartet (or string orchestra) in D major ("Salzburg Symphony No. 1"), K. 136 (K. 125a)
  13. Divertimento for string quartet (or string orchestra) in B flat major ("Salzburg Symphony No. 2"), K. 137 (K. 125b)
  14. Divertimento for string quartet (or string orchestra) in F major ("Salzburg Symphony No. 3"), K. 138 (K. 125c)
  15. Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626
  16. Mass No. 15 for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major ("Coronation"), K. 317
  17. Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings & organ, K. 618

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