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Marvellous Set: Astonishingly Good Value
on 13 February 2013
First of all, there aren't thirty Concertos here; the 30 tracks consist of most of Mozart's Concertos for wind instruments, together with the slow movement of the Clarinet Quintet, a couple of movements from the wind divertimenti, and a fragment of a movement for Horn and orchestra. The three miscellaneous movements could have been dropped in favour of the Oboe Concerto (here we're given Mozart's arrangement of that work as the Second Flute Concerto) or even the spurious Sinfonia Concertante for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and orchestra.
But this is a trifling annoyance in what is otherwise an excellent bargain. The price might lead the unwary to expect merely "cheap" performances and recordings, but neither is the case: these are very good - lovingly and brightly played, realistically recorded in modern digital sound. The soloists and orchestras play on modern instruments in the Chamber orchestra tradition of I Musici or the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and whilst none of the performances can rival the finest on record, they all have real character and I'd be delighted to hear such enjoyable standards of performance in concert. Nine Concertos costing about 22p each; nobody stuck for cash, nor anyone wanting to supplement their library collection, will feel short changed by this marvellous collection.