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on 9 September 2011
An enjoyable experience to an attractive price. Many old recordings but with many excellent artists. it was great to see the rather unknown opera fragment "L'Oca del Cairo" with competent singers such as Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Peter Schreier and Inga Nielsen on the role list.

On the minus side the following should be mentioned:

* Despite the title, the set is not complete. "Apollon et Hyacinthus" (KV 38), Mozart's very first opera, is missing - perhaps because the works are grouped according to language - Italian and German, and the text of "Apollon et Hyacinthus" is in latin! Instead, we get the "singspiel" version of "La Finta Giardiniera", named "Die Gärtnerin aus Liebe".
* There are no libretti included, which (to me at least) is a severe drawback. This should definitely be mentioned in the description of the product. A printed version would be quite bulky and much too expensive, but a CD with the text would not cost much to produce and significantly enhance the value of the box set.
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The 'complete' operas included are:

K.492 1786 Le nozze di Figaro
K.527 Don Giovanni or Don Juan
K.588 1790 Così fan tutte
K.621 1791 La clemenza di Tito
K.620 1791 Die Zauberflöte
K.384 1782 Die Entführung aus dem Serail
K.366 1781 Idomeneo, re di Creta
K.51 1768 La finta semplice
K.87 1770 Mitridate, re di Ponto
K.111 1771 Ascanio in Alba
K.126 1772 Il sogno di Scipione
K.135 1772 Lucio Silla
K.196 1774 La finta giardiniera
K.208 1775 Il re pastore
K.422 1784 L'oca del Cairo
K.430 1784 Lo sposo deluso
K.50 1768 Bastien und Bastienne
K.196 Die gartnerin aus liebe
K.344 1779 Zaide
K.486 1786 Der Schauspieldirektor
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