Bargain hunters will be delighted with this set featuring as it does, all Gardiner's Mozart Opera recordings for Archiv. It is attractively presented with CD's in cardboard sleeves. However there are NO libretti or essays and the booklet merely gives a brief synopsis of each opera. Even Gardiner's original reappraisal essays which came out with the original releases are not included! A pity that these were not included here. Also note that these are all LIVE RECORDINGS and so the odd shuffling and stomping sounds are to be expected. However the conducting brings such involvement that this is easily overlooked. There is some inconsistency in the editing out of applauses, for while five of the operas have had their applauses completely removed, they do remain, in Le Nozze di Figaro (at the end of each act) and in Cosi Fan Tutte (at the end of several arias and acts). This is particularly disconcerting in Cosi and mars the momentum of an otherwise phenomenal performance. Surely these too could have been edited out when the sets were first produced? Incidentally, these two operas are also available as DVD performances. Even with these few snags this set still represents phenomenal value and Gardiner's stylistic credentials in Mozart go without saying!