Mozart - The Complete Edition
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 95010
Number of Discs: 170
Release Date: 25th August 2014
Ton Koopman • Herbert Blomstedt • Sándor Végh • Jaap ter Linden • Jed Wentz • Sigiswald Kuijken • Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg • La Petite Bande • Camerata Salzburg • Mozart Akademie Amsterdam • Philharmonia Orchestra • Staatskapelle Dresden • Emmy Verhey • Bart van Oort • Helen Donath • Derek Han • Klára Würtz • Robert Holl • Soile Isokoski • Christiane Oelze
170 CDs representing the entirety of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's oeuvre in historically informed performances. This includes all the concertos, chamber music, divertimenti, sonatas and of course the operas.
The Packaging: Our new, redesigned packaging means CDs in slipcases and the complete set neatly displayable in a single, attractive space.saving box. For reasons of completeness, pure musical enjoyment, scholarly research, attractive, space.saving design and price, you cannot afford to be without Brilliant Classics' improved Complete Mozart Edition.
Featuring numerous period-instrument and award-winning recordings. Booklet contains consummate notes on the composer and his works.
Mozart may have died heavy in debt, having encountered much fickleness on the part of the Viennese audiences and struggled to find suitable permanent employment for most of his career, but today his music is celebrated the world over; he is considered one of music history's greatest names, the vast majority of his works enjoying regular performances and being constantly reinterpreted by amateurs and top professionals alike. Stretching from his earliest years (Mozart started composing at the age of five) right through to his final days, this wonderful compendium traverses the full gamut of his output, covering the time spent in Salzburg working for his employer, the Archbishop Colloredo, the extensive travel he undertook during the 1760s and 1770s (which was in part to showcase his prodigious talents on the keyboard and violin, together with his talented sister Nannerl), and his later years in Vienna, to which he escaped in 1781 – against his father's wishes – to pursue a freelance career and where he married Constanze Weber the following year.
What becomes evident from this set is that Mozart packed a phenomenal amount into his 35 years, a life that was often dominated by obsessive overwork, particularly towards the end. Moreover, there was not a genre akin to the period that he neglected nor did not achieve success in (in this collection the works are ordered as such, traversing orchestral music, chamber music, solo instrumental music, sacred music and vocal music), and in many cases he effected transformation, attaining new artistic levels – this is particularly evident in the piano concertos that begin the compendium, remarkable for their diversity of character, and the concluding mature operas, works that achieved new depths of musical characterisation. A more varied, colourful output you could not find, one that is enhanced in this release by the multitude of talented performers assembled.
At a bargain price, this 170‐CD box set is not to be missed, affording hours of pleasurable listening that will satisfy both Mozart aficionado and novice.
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