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.