4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An economical introduction to some great music,
This review is from: Mozart: Complete Solo Piano Concertos (The Voxbox Edition) (MP3 Download)
I agree with other reviewers that the performances are better than the recording and that the soloists are better than the orchestras, but at this price it would be churlish to complain. Certainly this provides an extremely economical introduction to Mozart's piano concertos - a body of work that includes some of the greatest works ever written for the medium.
It is almost complete: it includes the first four, which are sometimes omitted from complete sets on the ground that they are arrangements by the young Mozart of pieces by other composers, but number 7 for three pianos is missing. I'm not sure why, since number 10 for two pianos is included and it's actually possible to play number 7 on two pianos as well, since the third piano part was intended for a not-very-proficient pupil and can be satisfactorily covered by the other two.
I say this is a good introduction, because I imagine that once they get to know them most people will want to explore other more modern recordings with better stereo sound and more refined orchestral accompaniment, but there are plenty of those available, some of them at bargain price, if not quite as cheap as this.
There is one peculiarity with this version that might be worth mentioning. You'll notice that the first movement of number 14 runs to over 16 minutes, which would make it the longest concerto movement Mozart ever wrote. It isn't - it lasts 16 minutes because by mistake the track consists of both the first and second movements of the concerto, followed by a separate track with just the second movement. This is odd, but no great inconvenience - you can simply skip, or delete, the surplus track.