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Mozart: 250th Anniversary Edition, Chamber Works [Box set]

Wind Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra , David Pyatt , Andrįs Schiff , Alban Berg Quartett , Trio Fontenay , et al. Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (19 Sep 2005)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 16
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,177 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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“Chamber music has rarely sounded more carefree or tuneful” (Stirling News, on the Divertimenti for Wind)
"Three sons of the gods." (Süddeutsche Zeitung, on the Trio Fontenay)
“Ton Koopman and his Amsterdam players bring a fine style and spirit to this music, and much imagination over details of phrasing and dynamics” (Gramophone, on Divertimenti for Strings K136-8 - Divertimento No. 11)

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16CD Alban Berg Quartet, Trio Fontenay, Amste

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
In fact there are 15 CDs in the box as decribed above, not 16 as the gentleman has stated in his comment. By the way I agree to some extent with his position. I think this is abox set worth to be considered a contender among the great chamber music boxes. Acts like Alban Berg Quartet, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Consentus Musicus Wien, Toon Koopman are superb interpreters of classical music. And Mozart like Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovskij, Rachmaninov, Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, Mahler, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Dvorak, Smetana and the Beatles... are the everlasting poets of old christian and jewish Europe, the most shiningly delivering sources of musical beauty that keeps on flooding the whole world. Ex occidente looks and sound great!!! Great box set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is how Box Sets should be done! 26 Mar 2010
This is how Box Sets should be done!

Recently I have bought a couple of box sets by the major labels that have left me feeling short changed. But not this one!

The performances of the music here are excellent, but the whole package matters, and it does not disappoint. The set comes in a good sturdy box. The 16 CDs are in similar study slipcases, with beautiful artwork on the front. There and full track listings and artist info on each one, so no rummaging in the booklet to find what is on the discs. The booklet has not been scrimped on. All the track listing information is in it as well as on the individual CD slipcases. Then there are 19 pages of information on the music. Yes, you actually get some decent historical background and information on each work in this set. No corners cut here.

To the Music. What you get here is as good survey of the mature Mozart. 7 Piano Trios, 2 Piano Quartets, 10 String Quartets, the famous Horn and Clarinet Quintets. There are also 8 CDs of Serenades and Divertimenti, including Eine Kleine Nachtmusic, The Musical Joke, and the Grand Partita. The Musical Joke is strangely rare on current CD issues, so is a valuable inclusion. The Grand Partita is an inventive, formidable almost 50 minute long work that deserves to be known better.

The performances are of a consistently high standard. Buy this and you are in for many hours of pleasant listening, interspered no doubt, with the pleasure of a good number of new musical discoveries.

Warners Mozart 250th Anniversary Edition Box Sets aren't the cheapest ones around, but they are among the best, and with the quality on offer here, they are absolute bargains.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most of Mozart's Chamber Music in One Shot 8 May 2010
By J. Grant - Published on Amazon.com
I say most, because, incredibly K 563 is not included. Also some duos and trios are MIA. However, what you do get is 16 discs full of great music by the likes of the Alban Berg Quartet playing string quartets 14-23, the Trio Fontenay on the piano trios and the Eder Quartet on the piano quartets. Now, I'm not a big fan of Nikolaus Harnoncourt or Ton Koopman, but they do a respectable job, along with the COE and Amsterdam Baroque, on the serenades and divertimenti (Eine kleine Nachtmusik, A musical joke, Haffner, Antretter, Gran Partita, the Sextet and Octet, etc.). I'm not sure why amazon is showing the release date as 2010 because I got this set in 2006 for less than half the asking price here (I paid around $45). If you can get it for around $60-$70 it would be well worth it, but I would say pass on the $108 price tag (current at time of post). With the exception of the trios and quartets you can find better versions elsewhere, but they aren't significantly better, and the performances here do Mozart justice. Overall, a great way to get your Mozart chamber music collection going.
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