Mozart: Complete Edition

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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...

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.

REVIEW:

It says something about how the recording industry has changed that just a decade or so after Philips released its complete Mozart Edition to general acclaim, this new one appears at super-budget price, and it's just as good. Hopefully its various components will remain in print longer than the Universal titles, for some of them are very good indeed. This includes the complete symphonies featuring Jaap Ter Linden and the Mozart Akademie Amsterdam on period instruments (this latter also available separately on SACD), as well as the piano concertos with Derek Han and the Philharmonia under Paul Freeman. Both the string quartets and quintets are very well done by such groups as the Brandis and Orlando quartets, and you get Kuijken in the three great Italian comic operas (Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosí), as well as Mackerras' stylish Telarc performance of The Magic Flute.

We've already reviewed several of the early operas, very nicely done by Musica ad Rhenum under Jad Wentz. In short, this edition offers about a 50/50 mix of pre-existing material and new performances, and such is the quality of Mozart performance today that you can purchase this 170-CD set with complete confidence. It also comes with an introductory CD containing notes, sung texts for the sacred and miscellaneous vocal works, and all of the opera librettos. Whether you will want this much Mozart is very much a matter of personal choice; certainly most of his early stuff is pretty ephemeral, but it's also just plain pretty, and unfailingly pleasant. Granted, you can do as well or better with individual performances of the well-known masterworks, but taken as a whole this remains impressive, and quite a bargain.

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com, reviewing an earlier edition of Brilliant Classics' Mozart Complete Works

CONTENTS:

  • CD1-11 Symphonies
  • CD12-21 Piano Concertos
  • CD22 Concertos For 2 & 3 Pianos - Concert Rondos
  • CD23-26 Wind Concertos
  • CD27-28 Violin Concertos
  • CD29 Sinfonia Concertante K364-Concertone
  • CD30-34 Divertimenti & Serenades
  • CD35 Divertimenti K 247-287
  • CD36-38 Serenades
  • CD39 Marches
  • CD40-45 Wind Serenades
  • CD46 Serenade K361 'Gran Partita'
  • CD47-52 Dances
  • CD53 Wind Quintets, Oboe Quartet
  • CD54 Piano Quartet, Clarinet Trio
  • CD55-56 Piano Trios
  • CD57 Piano Quartets
  • CD58-59 Flute Quartets and Sonatas
  • CD60-67 Violin Sonatas
  • CD68 Church Sonatas
  • CD69-71 String Quintets
  • CD72 String Trio Divertimento
  • CD73-74 String Duos and Trios
  • CD75-81 String Quartets
  • CD82-86 Piano Sonatas
  • CD87-89 Piano Variations
  • CD90-92 Keyboard Works
  • CD93-95 Piano Duets
  • CD96 Organ works
  • CD97-111 Requiem. Masses & Litanies
  • CD112-113 La Betulia Liberata
  • CD114-115 Der Schuldigkeit Des ersten Gebots
  • CD116 Masonic Cantatas
  • CD117 Davidde Penitente
  • CD118 Canons
  • CD119-124 Concert Arias
  • CD125-126 Songs
  • CD127-128 Apollo Et Hyacinthus
  • CD129 Bastien Und Bastienne
  • CD130-132 La Finta Semplice
  • CD133-135 Mitridate Ré di Ponto
  • CD136-138 Ascanioo In Alba
  • CD139-140 Il Sogno Di Scipione
  • CD141-143 Lucio Silla
  • CD144-146 La Finta Giardiniera
  • CD147-148 Il Ré Pastore
  • CD149-150 Zaide
  • CD151 Thamos, König In Agypten
  • CD152-154 Idomeneo
  • CD155-156 Die Entfúhrung Aus Dem Serail
  • CD157 Der Schauspieldirektor
  • CD158-160 Le Nozze Di Figaro
  • CD161-163 Don Giovanni
  • CD164-166 Cosí Fan Tutte
  • CD167-168 Die Zauberflóte
  • CD169-170 La Clemenza Di Tito


Product Description:


  • Release Date: August 26, 2014


  • UPC: 5028421950105


  • Catalog Number: BRI95010


  • Label: Brilliant Classics


  • Number of Discs: 170


  • Period: Classical


  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


  • Conductor: Jaap ter Linden, Paul Freeman, János Ferencsik, Kurt Masur, Siegfried Kurz, Bernard Labadie, Herbert Blomstedt, Otmar Suitner, Eduardo Marturet, Hartmut Haenchen, Florian Heyerick, Burkhard Glaetzner, Sándor Végh, Jirí Malát, Joshua Rifkin, János Rolla, Nicol Matt, Taras Krysa, Riccardo Favero, Roland Bader, Peter Maag, Martin Haselböck, Wilfried Fischer, Ed Spanjaard, Wilhelm Keitel, Max Pommer, Leopold Hager, Jed Wentz, Daniel Reuss, Sylvain Cambreling, Ton Koopman, Jörg Faerber, John Pritchard, Otmar Suitner, Sigiswald Kuijken,


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Mozart Akademie Amsterdam, Musica Amphion, Philharmonia Orchestra, Hungarian State Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, Staatskapelle Dresden, Les Violons du Roy, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Roy Goodman, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Amati Chamber Orchestra, C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra, Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum, Camerata Salzburg, Cappella Coloniensis, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Capella Istropolitana, Linos Ensemble, Slovak Sinfonietta, Brandis Quartet, Collegium Jaroslav Tuma, Chilingirian Quartet, Orlando Quartet, Sonare Quartet, Franz Schubert Quartet of Vienna, Sharon Quartet, Chamber Choir of Europe, Süddeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Teatro Armonico Stuttgart, Süddeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Camerata Würzburg, Coro e Orchestra dell’Oficina Musicum, Berliner Domkapelle, Choir and Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper, Concentus Vocalis, Wiener Akademie, Collegium Musicum of the University of Tübingen, European Sinfonietta, European Chamber Orchestra, Rundfunk‐Sinfonie‐Orchester Leipzig, Mozarteum‐Orchester Salzburg, Musica ad Rhenum, Vocaal Ensemble Cocu, Cappella Amsterdam, Orchestre et Choeurs du Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Radio Kamerorkest, Württenbergisches Kammerchor und Orchester, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Dresden State Opera Chorus, Dresden Staatskapelle, European Chamber Soloists, Choeur de Chambre de Namur, La Petite Bande Orchestra and Chorus, Collegium Compostellanum,


  • Performer: Pieter‐Jan Belder, Rémy Baudet, Marten Boeken, Margaret Urquhart, Derek Han, Zoltán Kocsis, Dezsö Ranki, András Schiff, Annerose Schmidt, Oskar Michallik, Marc Grauwels, Giselle Herbert, Johannes Walter, Kurt Manh, Gunter Klier, Alfred Tolkdorf, Karl Schütte, Günter Schaffrath, Heinz Wappler, Herman Jeurissen, Emmy Verhey, Gil Sharon, Yuri Gandelsman, Thorsten Rosenbusch, Christian Trompler, Klaus Gerbeth, Karl‐Heinz Schröter, Christine Schornsheim, Christoph Brandt‐Lindenbaum, Henk de Graaf, Jan Jansen, Johan Steinmann, Remco de Vries, Katty Halvarson, Hans Wisse, Martin van de Merwe, Jos Buurman, Ron Tyhuis, Irma Kort, Dymphna van Dooremaal, Laura Rijsewijk, Diede Brantjes, Romke Jan Wijmenga, Clara de Vries, José Scholte, Bas Ramselaar, Ad van Zon, Simon Wieringa, Frank Steeghs, Andre Heuvelman, Arto Hoornweg, Jacco Groenendijk, Randy Max, Gerd Seifert, Lothar Koch, Karl Leister, Klára Würtz, Hans Meijer, Peter Gaasterland, Anthony Pay, Ian Brown, Roger Chase, Bart van Oort, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Jaap ter Linden, Walter Olbertz, Karl Suske, Matthias Pfaender, Tjamke Roelofs, Bernadette Verhagen, Marc Grauwels, Joris van der Hauwe, Ulka Gorniak, Paul Declerck, Luc Dewez, Dennis James, Guy Penson, Jan Sciffer, Salvatore Accardo, Bruno Canino, Bohuslav Matousek, Yuko Inoue, Nobuko Imai, François Fernandez, Ryo Terakado, Rainer Zipperling, Staas Swierstra, Bernard Foccroulle, Luc Devos, Ursula Dütschler, Ivan Ronda, Pamela Heuvelmans, Barbara Werner, Robert Morvaj, Thomas Pfeiffer, Annemarie Kremer, Anja Tilch, Valentina Farcas, Daniel Sans, Christof Fischesser, Jens Wollenschläger, Barbara Werner, Benoit Haller, Manfred Bittner, Gabriele Wunderer, Petra Labitzke, Gerhard Nennemann, Baltazar Zuniga, Elena Biscuola, Angela Bucci, Abramo Rosalen, Caterina Patrizia Vaccari, Pamela Luciariini, Arleen Augér, Krisztina Laki, Sylvia Geszty, Werner Hollweg, Claes H. Ahnsjö, Franz Ellmer, Paul Roczek, Peter Katt, Jürgen Geise, Wilfred Tachezi, Kurt Equiluz, Rudolf Resch, Leo Heppe, Kurt Rapf, Edith Wiens, Thomas Hampson, Gertraud Landwehr‐Herrmann, Susanne Johns, Hermann Fischer, Francine van der Heyden, Miranda van Kralingen, Marcel Reijans, Ezio Maria Tisi, Caroline Vitale, hristian Tchelebiev, Antonia Bourvé, Maraile Lichdi, Yuka Matsuoka Limacher, Anna Haase, Maraile Lichdi, Yuka Matsuoka Limacher, Claron McFadden, Anna Haase, Daniel Lager, Alon Harari, Florian Prey, Dagmar Schellenberger, Ralph Eschrig, René Pape, Helen Donath, Robert Holl, Anthony Rolfe‐Johnson, Teresa Berganza, Jutta‐Renate Ihloff, Thomas Moser, Robert Lloyd, Marijje van Stralen, Johannette Zomer, Cécile van de Sant, Young‐Hee Kim, Alexei Grigorev, Maaike Beekman, Claudia Patacca, Nicola Wemyss, Tom Allen, François Soons, Terence Mierau, Lella Cuberli, Ann Murray, Britt‐Marie Aruhn, Christine Barbaux, Ad van Baasbank, Ugo Benelli, Joanna Kozlowska, Marek Torzewski, Malvina Major, Lani Poulson, Elzbieta Szmytka, Russel Smythe, Sandrine Piau, Max Ciolek, Paul Agnew, Gregor Frenkel, Charlotte Lehmann, Rose Scheible, Oly Pfaff, Richard Lewis, Léopold Simoneau, Sena Jurinac, Lucille Udovick, James Milligan, William McAlpine, Hervey Alan, Jutta Vulpius, Rolf Apreck, Rosemarie Ronisch, Arnold van Mill, Jurgen Forster, Hans Kiessler, Klaus Piontek, Waltraut Haschke, Katja Kuhl, Wilfried Weschke, Fritz Diez, Catriona Smith, Mathieu Carriere, Dieter Laser, Günther Kaufmann, Gerd Andresen, Daniela Ziegler, Christine Kaufmann, Dorette Hugo, Simone Lehde, Ruth Köppler, Huub Claessens, Patrizia Biccire, Werner van Mechelen, Christiane Oelze, Monika Groop, Béatrice Cramoix, Harry van der Kamp, Yves Saelens, Marie Kuijken, Philip Defrancq, Jean‐Guy Devienne, Elena Vink, Markus Schäfer, Nancy Argenta, Nancy de Vries, Christina Högman, Soile Isokoski, Per Vollestad, Isolde Siebert, Suzie LeBlanc, Christoph Genz, Cornelius Hauptmann, Stephan Genz, Stephan Schreckenberger, Inge Van de Kerkhove, Patrizia Hardt, Petra Noskaiová, Robin Schlotz, Frederic Jost, Niklas Mallmann, Marc Mauillon, Christophe Einhorn, Stephan Schreckenberger, Joachim Brackx, Bart Meynckens, Thomas Vanlede, André Post, Marc Pantus,