Mozart's Complete Works on 170 CDs – under $135 shipped free

Mozart Complete Works


From Jim: This is the musical bargain of the decade: all of Mozart's 600+ works on 170 CDs – 200 hours of music – in inspired, and well-reviewed, performances (conductors and performers I've long admired are 'bolded' below), at less than $1 per disc. Having now listened to the entire set, in chronological order, I'm struck more than ever by the immense range and beauty of Mozart's achievement. Although I already owned recordings of most of Mozart, I've discovered many stunning rarities here, including his early opera La Finta Giardiniera, the concert arias (Francine van der Heyden's performances in Volume I are sublime), and the vocal canons; the duet "Natus cadit, atque Deus" from the opera Apollo et Hyacinthus – composed at age 11 – was so beautiful it literally moved me to tears. On September 4, 2006, The New York Times ran an article praising this collection.

Every work is unabridged, including all 19 operas. To provide an absolutely complete collection, Brilliant Classics commissioned many new recordings, while licensing others from such premium labels as ASV, BIS, EMI, Hungaroton, Nimbus, Novalis, and Telarc. Full texts (in the original languages) of all operas, choral works, and songs are provided in printable PDF format on a CD-ROM, along with summaries of the operas and essays on all of the works. Each CD comes in a paper sleeve with detailed track listings; the entire box is only 13 inches wide. NOTE: This set is not consistently available – it was not offered during much of summer 2006 – so if you are interested and it's listed (at the right) for about $135 (formerly $400), pounce! If you buy it through my Amazon link, you'll also help support – at no additional cost – my Websites devoted to film and GLBT literature. You're also welcome to see my favorite 30 works of literature, music, and film.

Happy listening! NEW! FREE online – Mozart's complete works, in full score, in the New Mozart Edition (Neue Mozart-Ausgabe), plus critical commentary.

ARTISTS  —  click here for DETAILS on each of the 170 CDs

Mozart Akademie Amsterdam, Jaap ter Linden
Philharmonia Orchestra, Paul Freeman
English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard
La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken
Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Eduardo Marturet
Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras
Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Leopold Hager
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Sir Colin Davis
Camerata Bern, Thomas Füri
Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim, Florian Heyerick
Musica ad Rhenum, Jed Wentz
Radio Kamerorkest, Ton Koopman
Staatskapelle Dresden, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt
Theatre La Monnaie Royal Opera Orchesta, Sylvain Cambreling

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nicol Matt

Rotterdam Philharmonic Wind Ensemble
Wind Ensemble of the European Chamber Orchestra
Franz Schubert Quartet of Vienna
Orlando Quartet
Brandis Quartet

Soloists (Instrumental)
Salvatore Accardo, violin
Klára Würtz, piano
Derek Han, piano
Peter-Lukas Graf, flute
Emmy Verhey, violin
Herman Jeurissen, horn
Bart Schneemann, oboe
Harmen de Boer, clarinet
Karl Leister, clarinet
Bart van Oort, fortepiano
Ursula Dütschler, fortepiano

Soloists (Vocal)
Christiane Oelze, Monica Groop, Barbara Hendricks, Ann Murray, Helen Donath, Teresa Berganza, Soile Isikoski, Nancy Argenta, Sandrine Piau, Sylvia Geszty, Gloria Banditelli, Arleen Auger, Edith Wiens, Anneliese Rothenberger, Edda Moser, Johannette Zomer, Dagmar Schellenberger, Francine van der Heyden, Nicola Wemyss, Miranda van Kralingen, Thomas Hampson, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, Peter Schreier, Jerry Hadley, Robert Lloyd, Thomas Allen, Markus Schäfer, Huub Claessens, Klaus Mertens, Paul Agnew, Nikolai Gedda, Christoph Prégardien, Werner Hollweg, Harry van der Kamp, Robert Holl

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