I don't know why anyone else hasn't reviewed this one yet. The only downside is that there's no libretto included. Apart from that, it's a wonderful set to have. The AoAM play beautifully, and in many ways this is a 'conventional' performance, with none of the haste usually associated with 'authentic' recordings. The period instruments bring the freshness and vitality, and sheer beauty, of Mozart's German singspiel to life as never before (this was the first 'period' recording, unless you count Harnoncourt's brash effort). The soloists do an admirable job in singing Mozart's often taxing and difficult music, and all the of the cuts Mozart himself made in the score are included here. I really liked Lynne Dawson's comparatively light-weight Constanze. And Hogwood's pacing seems to be perfectly judged. I've heard conflicting views of Gardiner's interpretation, although William Christie's is said to be excellent. The final clincher though is the price. This is budget price, and worth anyone's money. It's a bargain even if, like me, you own other recordings of this work.
Mozart: Die Entführüng aus dem Serail 2 cd set with Lynne Dawson Uwe Heilmann The Academy of Ancient Music Christopher Hogwood. This is quite simply one of the best recordings of any opera I've heard, it is lively, wonderfully performed and recorded. If you don't know this opera don't worry, it welcomes you in and this is a quality offering. I give it a top rating.