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Mozart 250 - A Celebration


Release Date: 02/07/2006 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 75944   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alicia De LarrochaWalter TramplerMargaret PriceThomas Quasthoff,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Colin DavisGeorge SzellBruno WeilJames Lockhart,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden StaatskapelleEnglish Chamber OrchestraBudapest String Quartet,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 43 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you're looking for a generous, well-chosen selection of Mozart highlights, this three-disc set assembled in honor of the composer's 250th birthday is just the ticket. There's no need to go into details. Virtually every Mozart chestnut from his symphonies, concertos, wind serenades, chamber music, and operas is here: 36 tracks in all, containing more than three-and-one-half hours of music. The names of the artists speak for themselves: conductors George Szell, Rafael Kubelik, and Colin Davis; soloists Alicia de Larrocha, Rudolf Serkin, and Pinchas Zukerman; singers Margaret Price, Ruggero Raimondi, and Thomas Quasthoff; the Cleveland Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra--the list goes on.
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Sony and BMG collectively have an enormously rich catalog of Mozart performances, and the selections here are almost uniformly top-notch and intelligent. The first two discs contain a well-chosen batch of single movements and arias, while the third is a "relaxation" disc of slow movements. Given the various labels, media, and recording dates, the sound quality is varied, but it's never less than good. Even Mozart aficionados might find this package appealing for casual listening, not to mention for the morning commute. But most of all, if you are curious about what all the Mozartean fuss is about, or just want to throw a few hours of Mozart onto your iPod, I can recommend this set without hesitation. [2/20/2006]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467: 2nd movement, Andante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3.
Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 6 in E flat major, K 614: 4th movement, Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Walter Trampler (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550: 1st movement, Molto allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 14 Secs. 
5.
Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik": 2nd movement, Romanza by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
6.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Voi che sapete che cosa è amor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Margaret Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Lockhart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Antonia Brico
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 47 Secs. 
8.
Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague": 2nd movement, Andante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 54 Secs. 
9.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone), Robert Sistek (Mandolin)
Conductor:  Jörg Faerber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622: 3rd movement, Rondo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Robert Marcellus (Clarinet)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 49 Secs. 
11.
Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tölz Boys Choir,  European Baroque Soloists
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12.
Symphony no 25 in G minor, K 183 (173dB): 1st movement, Allegro con brio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Gustav Kuhn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
13.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
14.
Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish": 1st movement, Allegro aperto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 58 Secs. 
15.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Là ci darem la mano by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano), Ruggero Raimondi (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
16.
Serenade for Winds no 10 in B flat major, K 361 (370a): 5th movement, Romanze by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Winds
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 
17.
Concerto for Piano no 17 in G major, K 453: 1st movement, Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Conductor:  Alexander Schneider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 12 Minutes 11 Secs. 
18.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581: 2nd movement, Larghetto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jürgen Kussmaul (Viola), Anner Bylsma (Cello), Lucy Van Dael (Violin),
Vera Beths (Violin), Charles Neidich (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Archibudelli
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 11 Secs. 
19.
Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner": 1st movement, Allegro con spirito by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
20.
Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i): 3rd movement, Rondo alla turca by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
21.
Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K 495: 3rd movement, Rondo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dale Clevenger (French Horn)
Conductor:  János Rolla
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
22.
Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter": 4th movement, Molto allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
23.
Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a): Alleluia by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Judith Blegen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
24.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: March of the priests by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
25.
Symphony no 36 in C major, K 425 "Linz": 2nd movement, Poco adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Linz, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 32 Secs. 
26.
Serenade for Winds no 10 in B flat major, K 361 (370a) "Gran Partita": 3rd movement, Adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Winds
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
27.
Concerto for Violin no 3 in G major, K 216: 2nd movement, Adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 10 Minutes 2 Secs. 
28.
Sonata for Piano no 13 in B flat major, K 333 (315c): 2nd movement, Andante cantabile by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783-1784; Linz, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
29.
Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622: 2nd movement, Adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Karl-Heinz Steffens (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 31 Secs. 
30.
Quartet for Oboe and Strings in F major, K 370 (368b): 2nd movement, Adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  James Galway (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet members
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
31.
Sonata for Piano no 12 in F major, K 332 (300k): 2nd movement, Adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
32.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Soave sia il vento by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ezio Flagello (Bass), Tatiana Troyanos (Mezzo Soprano), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
33.
Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466: 2nd movement, Romanze by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 32 Secs. 
34.
Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major, K 299 (297c): 2nd movement, Andantino by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  James Galway (Flute), Marisa Robles (Harp)
Conductor:  Eduardo Mata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
Length: 9 Minutes 8 Secs. 
35.
Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488: 2nd movement, Adagio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
36.
Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola in E flat major, K 364 (320d): 2nd movement, Andante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lin Cho-Liang (Violin), Jaime Laredo (Viola)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 11 Minutes 45 Secs. 

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