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Mozart - The Piano Concertos [Import, Box set]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Audio CD
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  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (22 Oct 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Import, Box set
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • ASIN: B00005I44H
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,286 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F major, K. 37: 1. Allegro
2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F major, K. 37: 2. Andante
3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F major, K. 37: 3. Allegro
4. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, K. 39: 1. Allegro spiritoso
5. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, K. 39: 2. Andante
6. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, K. 39: 3. Molto allegro
7. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D major, K. 40: 1. Allegro maestoso
8. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D major, K. 40: 2. Andante
9. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D major, K. 40: 3. Presto
10. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, K. 41: 1. Allegro
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Piano Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, K. 238: 1. Allegro aperto
2. Piano Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, K. 238: 2. Andante un poco adagio
3. Piano Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, K. 238: 3. Rondeau - Allegro
4. Piano Concerto No. 8 in C major ('Lützow') K. 246: 1. Allegro aperto
5. Piano Concerto No. 8 in C major ('Lützow') K. 246: 2. Andante
6. Piano Concerto No. 8 in C major ('Lützow') K. 246: 3. Rondeau - Tempo di menuetto
7. Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat major ('Jeunehomme,' 'Jenamy'), K. 271: 1. Allegro
8. Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat major ('Jeunehomme,' 'Jenamy'), K. 271: 2. Andantino
9. Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat major ('Jeunehomme,' 'Jenamy'), K. 271: 3. Rondeau - Presto
10. Piano Concerto No. 9 In E Flat Major, Kv 271 - Jeune Homme
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music at a fantastic price 26 Feb 2002
By A Customer
What a bargain! For this work Perahia sets the standard against which others are measured.
What you get here is sublime music, lots of music and nothing but the music. This is basically the set that has been available at nearly double the price. The saving is reflected in the packaging, cardboard flip box with card sleeves for the 10 instead of 12 discs and no booklet (which all saves a lot of shelf space), but the good news is that there is no reduction in the amount of music you get.
I can recommend this unreservedly. As long as you are not hung up on period instruments, don't hesitate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best complete set available 20 Oct 2008
By Adamos
Perahia's complete cycle of Mozart's Piano Concerti is an extraordinary achievement and when first released surpassed the only other complete sets available at the time - both Barenboim and Anda (the latter being better of those two). Perahia is a consummate Mozartian, with a fine legato line that sings through. There is grace and elegance, essential qualities for Mozart and, one senses, Perahia knows not only this repertoire inside out, but the operas too: also essential to draw out the character of the melodic lines in the concerti. It is fair to say that there are better performances of individual concerti: Serkin on K467 and K595, for example, would be my 'Building A Library' recommendation, but there isn't anything in this set that is not thoughtful and thoroughly enjoyable (except that I always have reservations about Beethoven's cadenza for K466, but most pianists use it these days). Other concerti are about as good as it gets; I particularly like the warmth and refinement of his reading of K453, in my book the most quintessentially Mozartian of all the concerti, and there's a fabulous reading of K503. Other reviewers might direct you to Uchida and, indeed, she is superb in this repertoire, but in this reviewer's opinion this is the best complete set of these seminal works available.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing 4 Aug 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I first bought the Decca set by Ashkenazy for 2 reasons. One, I am a fan of Ashkenazy and I think he plays superbly. Two, I heard that Decca gave Ashkenazy a superb recorded sound. So that was my first set of Mozart Piano Concertos. In the meantime, I kept hearing praise about Perahia's set - how wonderful it is and that it is listed on Gramophone's list of 100 greatest classical recordings of all time. I think very highly of that list simply because many of my favorite recordings are there - and they are my favorites precisely because they are simply fantastic - Klemperer's Fidelio, Klieber's Beethoven 5 & 7, Solti's Ring, Gilel's Brahms Piano Concerto, Klemperer's German Requiem, Solti's Salome, Furtwangler's Beethoven 9, Giulini's Don Giovanni. So I thought to myself, let's put Perahia to the test. I fell madly in love with Perahia's reading immediately. My goodness - if I thought Ashkenazy is outstanding, Perahia is simply divine!! I rarely come across such beautiful and mesmerizing playing. Perahia's Mozart Piano Concerto is simply in the 'legend' league, standing proudly beside all the greatest recorded classical works in the world. His playing is simply gorgeous - beautiful poetic insights and astounding technique. I was mesmerized from start to finish, completely absorbed in his playing. Ashkenazy is superb but somehow, Perahia gives every concerto that extra indefinable special touch.
This is one of those classical sets that I would put in the 'must-own' class for any classical music lover. You will be enchanted from first to last by the special talents of Perahia. To put it in other words, Perahia is to Mozart Piano Concerto what Kirsten Flagstad and Birgit Nilsson are to Wagner, what Joan Sutherland is to Bel Canto singing, what Rostropovich is to the cello repertoir, what Artur Rubinstein is to Chopin.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mid-Price steal 18 Jun 2004
By Arnaud Wiehe - Published on Amazon.com
At full price this set of Mozart Concertos was arguably the top choice available (penguin guide giving the set its highest rating) This current re-issue at mid-price is an absolute steal. Some may have reservations regarding the removal of program notes, but in truth these are rarely if ever read and are therefore unncessary anyway. Besides, one can access a vast amount of information about these concertos in books or off the Internet if required.
In my oppinion this is the most credible set of Mozart piano concertos available and should form a firm place in every classical music lovers collection.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perahia's Mozart complete piano concerti is a must-have! 2 May 2003
By Snookie - Published on Amazon.com
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I have heard very positive things about Perahia's Mozart for many years. We have his recordings of the Schumann Fantasy and the Schubert Impromptus for a number of years and have enjoyed them both a great deal.
Recently I heard that Sony had reissued all 27 of the concerti in a box set at reduced cost. Sony has trimmed the cost with this set by issuing a box set without a booklet. Each cd comes in a laminated paper liner. The great news about this set is that you get 10 superlative performances of the greatest concerto literature ever written at a bargain price.
Perahia has an immaculate nimble athleticism in his fingers, which is a requirement for this repertoire. His use of articulation and tonal color is always tasteful, and his melodic lines always sing from deep within. An interesting feature about this set is that Perahia uses cadenzas by Mozart, Rudolf Serkin, and others, as well as ones Perahia composes himself. The only possible fly in the ointment is that the piano is a hair too bright of an instrument for my taste. But to have all this for Amazons list price is a bargain.
Don't be tempted by Naxos' offerings in this literature. At this price, you have no reason to go with an anonymous player when instead, you can have one of the greatest pianists alive playing literature which truly suits him.
We also have the Uchida/Tate box set also. I love that one as well. Both of these artists have given humanity a precious gift: incomparable Mozart!!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perahia is the greatest pianist of all time 25 May 2004
By David Solomon - Published on Amazon.com
This set really proves why Perahia is the greatest pianist to ever live. It may not be difficult for a concert pianist to "play" Mozart. But I've never heard it played this way...not Brendel, Barrenboim, Ashkenazy (though hes a close second), nobody. Perahia simply, makes the music perfect. Sometimes too perfect in fact. This set includes some annoying splices, and there is an analog hiss. Not really bothersome to me though. One thing I will say that bothered me, is that my set came without liner notes. I don't know if this is supposed to be. For those who enjoy further background on the music theyre listening to and are not Mozart veterans, may be disappointed with the lack of information in this set. Otherwise, this set is the greatest one. Check out Perahia's Bach, Beethoven and Chopin as well.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perahia is Masterful 27 Jan 2004
By Kenneth James Michael MacLean - Published on Amazon.com
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I am an eclectic music lover who listens mostly to jazz, and some classical, so I am not an expert on the Mozart Piano Concertos. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this boxed set by Perahia. This pianist is a flawless player with an incredibly light touch, but there is meaning within the excellent technique. I hate musicians who just play the notes, going through the motions without feeling the music and imparting that feeling to the listener, but Perahia is not one of these; he is smooth and expressive at the same time. I like these recordings better than the Barenboim series.
The ECO is in fine form and unlike the BPO, imparts a lush but not heavy sound, perfectly complementing the pianist. There seems to be no lack of direction from the conductor, but perhaps that is because the ECO has performed the series with at least 2 other pianists. I have been listening to these recordings with my headphones on, so as to hear every note; the sound quality is excellent and one never tires of listening; one day while writing I listened to the entire set twice in succession, enjoying every minute!
This boxed set not only sounds wonderful but it is wonderfully priced, a can't miss selection if you love the music of Mozart.
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