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4.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Set: Astonishingly Good Value
First of all, there aren't thirty Concertos here; the 30 tracks consist of most of Mozart's Concertos for wind instruments, together with the slow movement of the Clarinet Quintet, a couple of movements from the wind divertimenti, and a fragment of a movement for Horn and orchestra. The three miscellaneous movements could have been dropped in favour of the Oboe Concerto...
Published 17 months ago by nwc

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3.0 out of 5 stars Variable recording standards
Have just bought this album so this is an immediate impression: I'm listening to the bassoon concerto which sounds a very nice performance - well articulated playing, and lovely melting lyrical quality for the slow movement, but it's a mono recording in 'reprocessed stereo'; this gives a quasi stereo ambiance but no stereo image. Not a deal breaker for many and in some...
Published 14 months ago by PhilC


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Set: Astonishingly Good Value, 13 Feb 2013
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First of all, there aren't thirty Concertos here; the 30 tracks consist of most of Mozart's Concertos for wind instruments, together with the slow movement of the Clarinet Quintet, a couple of movements from the wind divertimenti, and a fragment of a movement for Horn and orchestra. The three miscellaneous movements could have been dropped in favour of the Oboe Concerto (here we're given Mozart's arrangement of that work as the Second Flute Concerto) or even the spurious Sinfonia Concertante for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and orchestra.

But this is a trifling annoyance in what is otherwise an excellent bargain. The price might lead the unwary to expect merely "cheap" performances and recordings, but neither is the case: these are very good - lovingly and brightly played, realistically recorded in modern digital sound. The soloists and orchestras play on modern instruments in the Chamber orchestra tradition of I Musici or the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and whilst none of the performances can rival the finest on record, they all have real character and I'd be delighted to hear such enjoyable standards of performance in concert. Nine Concertos costing about 22p each; nobody stuck for cash, nor anyone wanting to supplement their library collection, will feel short changed by this marvellous collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money, 18 Jun 2013
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Listened to it twice in the car. Made the 180 mile drive fly by. I thoroughly recommend it to everyone who likes Mozart
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3.0 out of 5 stars Variable recording standards, 10 May 2013
This review is from: 30 Must-Have Mozart Wind Concertos (MP3 Download)
Have just bought this album so this is an immediate impression: I'm listening to the bassoon concerto which sounds a very nice performance - well articulated playing, and lovely melting lyrical quality for the slow movement, but it's a mono recording in 'reprocessed stereo'; this gives a quasi stereo ambiance but no stereo image. Not a deal breaker for many and in some ways a superficial lack, but I very much enjoy the enhanced ability a good stereo image gives when it comes to following individual instruments or groupings, and allows much clearer appreciation of contrapuntal effects. The recording quality is not crude or harsh, but just lacks that extra delight!
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4.0 out of 5 stars So much better than I expected., 22 April 2013
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Okay, no stellar names ..sometimes, no names at all. However, a real bargain. No bad performances and some really good ones. The recordings aren't bad, in fact they are very reasonable. I bought it to play inthe car but have actually LISTENED to a number of the performances. If you are new to Mozart, a perfect introduction at this giveaway price.
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2.0 out of 5 stars marvelous collection but..., 18 Feb 2013
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The collection is marvelous for sure. However, probably caused during the process of converting sound files to MP3s, there is a recognizable sizzling noise in some tracks which doesn't allow a pleasant listening.
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