Mozart: Complete Works (Includes CD_Rom with texts & libretti) Box set
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170 disc box set containing Mozart's complete works. Included are the symphonies, concertos, serenades, chamber music, operas and the rest of his output. Some of the featured performers are the Mozart Akademie Amsterdam, Derek Han, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Amati Chamber Orchestra, Capella Istropolitana and the Sonare Quartet. Conductors include Jaap ter Linden, Paul Freeman, Raymond Leppard. With this box set comes a CD-ROM containing essays on the music, artist biographies, text and librettos.
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Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, La Petite Bande, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Sir Charles Mackerras, Ton Koopman,Raymond Leppard, Sigiswald Kuijken, Sir Colin Davis, Brandis Quartet, Orlando Quartet, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Salvatore Accardo, Christiane Oelze, Barbara Hendricks, Ann Murray, Helen Donath, Teresa Berganza, Soile Isokoski, Sandrine Piau, Thomas Hampson, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, Peter Schreier, Thomas Allen, Nicolai Gedda, Christoph Pregardien, Robert Holl etc.
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Any cons to balance the pros? Well, the CD-ROM has texts but no translations (some notes are in English though). A sprinkling of big names, but be advised, this set mainly has period instrument and chamber ensembles from Europe that I for one had never previously heard of (but then, what do I know?). So, not a box for anyone seeking classic accounts, but as a giant overview it will provide near limitless entertainment.
The discs are not the greatest quality, so I am not sure how well they will withstand to repeat playing, as a couple seem to refuse to play at all. But overall this is great if you can get at a good price as I did second hand. I think a price of around 125 pounds these days is a more than reasonable RRP to expect to pay. So lets hope this magnificent music will be made available to the masses for once.
There's obviously insufficient space here to discuss the merits of each CD, suffice to say I have absolutely no criticism of the recordings and performances of these works. I'm just grateful to have the opportunity to savour the complete musical output of one of history's most famous composers.
To summarise the collection, the CDs are packaged into paper sleeves (each one showing full track details, orchestra, conductor, soloist, recording date etc) and presented in a flip-top cardboard box measuring only 30cm wide. The 9 sections are:
1. (11 CDs) Symphonies - all 41 of them are recent (2001-2002) recordings played by the Mozart Akademie Amsterdam.
2. (18 CDs) Concertos - of particular note are the Derek Han concertos for piano.
3. (23 CDs) Serenades/divertimenti/dances - including of course serenade in G major `Eine kleine Nachtmusik'.
4. (16 CDs) Chamber music - violin sonatas, church sonatas. Some lesser-known works in this section.
5. (13 CDs) String ensembles - including duos, trios, quartets and quintets.
6. (15 CDs) Keyboard works - this time piano sonatas, harpsichord and organ works.
7. (21 CDs) Sacred works - a big section of requiems, chants, masses, and Freemason music (how many have got THAT on CD ?!)
8. (9 CDs) Concert arias, songs and canons, again there are some lesser-known Mozart works here.
9. (44 CDs) Operas - whopping section containing all of Mozart's 19 operas.
Included also is a PC format CD with information on Mozart's life, biographies of the performers/orchestras/conductors, comments on each CD and libretti (words) to some of the vocal works. Careful if you print it out though, it's over 200 pages long.
Probably one of the most comprehensive box sets ever produced.
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