Mozart's Adagios CD
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My only niggle, which stops me giving it a five star rating, is that some of the longer pieces have been cut down in order to be accommodated in this compilation. Okay, so they wanted to give more variety to the listener, but I personally would have preferred to hear the full versions.
Nevertheless, it's a good introduction to the slower works of Mozart, and will whet the appetite to discover more of his music. Well worth a listen.
Vladimir Ashkenzy is the pianist in four pieces, and is wonderful in all of them, as is clarinetist Gervase de Peyer in the K622 concerto and the excepts from Horn Concertos # 2 and # 3, with Barry Tuckwell as soloist.
The Concerto for Flute and Harp K299 might sound a little thin to some, but this is perhaps because of the antique instrumentation. The Academy of Ancient Music, under the baton of Christopher Hogwood, have been pioneers in recording with period instruments.
I'm particularly fond of Mozart's solo piano pieces, and three selections are included, played by award-winning Hungarian pianist/conductor Andras Schiff.
The packaging for these 2 discs is minimal, but the music is a terrific bargain. You get miles of Mozart (playing time for Disc One is 74'25, Disc Two 71'30), with many great artists performing these soft and exquisite pieces; it makes me think of a box of assorted musical truffles, a delicacy for the ears, and a balm for the soul in the noisy world most of us live in.
This was my first Mozart cd. Even without knowing all the pieces in it, after the first listening i knew i've had something very special in my collection. All the tracks are great great great, relaxing, calm, beautifully played, and they all are without no exception truly masterworks from Mozart genius.
I began to buy piece by piece after this and today i have almost all Mozart works in individual cd's, but from time to time i like to return to this cd not because it was my first , but because it's a perfect collection of the most beautiful slow tempo's from Mozart.
This cd is perfect for reading, sleeping, make love, cooking, dinner with real good friends, drive, walking, watching the sun set or sun rise, to contemplate nature or simply and all the other good things life has to offer us.
Everybody should have this cd in her collection. Simply buy it.....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The CD is very relaxing and at the same time emotive very much in the style of an Adagio.
I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the quiet and tasteful things in life
Very good performance - Conforms to comment - serious seller and recommendedPublished 3 months ago by Gérald deguitre