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Essential Mozart

Mozart
Release Date: 11/18/2008 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 2057278  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sharon KamStefan VladarGil ShahamOrli Shaham,   ... 
Conductor:  Manfred HoneckHartmut HaenchenBertrand De BillyDaniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic OrchestraC.P.E. Bach Chamber OrchestraVienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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The Essential Mozart DVD Box

Just in time for Christmas, MediciArts offers a DVD box full of the most sparkling of Mozart’s compositions. Performed by instrumentalists, orchestras, conductors and singers who count among the best interpreters of his works, this representative selection comes at an attractive price. The recordings bear witness to one of the most wide-spanning musical projects in recent years, when, in honour of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 250th birthday on 27 January 2006, EuroArts had arranged for high profile live transmissions from famous concert venues in Europe and Asia in the mammoth TV event 24hours Mozart.

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Manfred Honeck performed compositions by Mozart
Read more in the beautiful historical Estates Theatre in Prague. Each of the works on the disc is in some way related to the city: the Overture to Don Giovanni, which was famously premiered by the composer in the Estates Theatre, the “Prague” Symphony, which Mozart intended as a greeting to the city that he cherished and the marvellously melodic Clarinet Concerto - premiered in Prague just a few weeks before the composer’s death - played on the basset clarinet by the remarkable Sharon Kam.

The second DVD captures an all Mozart concert by the Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach under its musical director Hartmut Haenchen in the Konzerthaus Berlin. The chamber orchestra, often praised for its transparent renderings and technical precision, brought the music’s manifold characteristics, now light-heartedness, now songlike lyricism, drama or inspired polyphonic writing to life. Before their interpretation of the “Jupiter” Symphony, the epitome of a classical symphony, they are joined by pianist Stefan Vladar for the piano concerto no.20. Vladar, with his sensitive touch and stylistic assurance, proved to be the ideal partner for the ensemble’s Mozart playing.

The brother and sister duo Gil and Orli Shaham payed homage to Mozart with a selection of the composer’s finest violin sonatas. Recorded in the Palais Daun-Kinsky in Vienna, the third DVD in this box is brimming with energy and fearlessness tempered by a deep understanding of - and respect for - the music. Violinist Gil Shaham is internationally recognized by audiences and critics alike as one of today's most virtuosic and engaging classical artists and pianist Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as a highly gifted accompanist.

The Mozart Celebration at the Stephansdom was broadcast simultaneously in ten countries on the occasion of Mozart’s anniversary and now constitutes part four of this DVD box. Mozart was married in this impressive Viennese cathedral and the programme was chosen accordingly. The famous Vienna Boys' Choir (which already performed with Mozart) joined the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under Bertrand de Billy for a performance of festive sacred works, among them the Coronation Mass, the Ave Verum and the Vesperae solennes de Confessore. The exquisite French singer Sandrine Piau lends her wonderful soprano voice to several of the arias.

The last DVD in the set brings the opera Così fan tutte to life. The well-known film director Doris Dörrie, long established on the German cinema scene as a master of comic genius and famed for her bitter-sweet love stories, had passed her first test in opera direction with flying colours. She staged Così fan tutte as a hippie musical that takes place some time in the 1970s, when the Flower Power generation was in full swing. Christian Sedelmayer created the set for this production and also designed the award-winning costumes. Dörries’ reading of the convoluted story of betrayal and reconciliation between lovers is one of the great successes at the Berlin State Opera and transfers beautifully to the screen.

Region: 0 (all)
Format: NTSC
Duration: 309 minutes
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Works on This Recording

1. Don Giovanni, K 527: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
2. Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
3. Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sharon Kam (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
4. Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Stefan Vladar (Piano)
Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
5. Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
6. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, K 301 (293a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Orli Shaham (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
7. Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major, K 302 (293b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Orli Shaham (Piano)
Written: 1778 
8. Sonata for Violin and Piano in C major, K 303 (293c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Orli Shaham (Piano)
Written: 1778 
9. Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor, K 304 (300c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Orli Shaham (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
10. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, K 305 (293d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Orli Shaham (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
11. Sonata for Violin and Piano in D major, K 306 (300l) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Orli Shaham (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
12. Mass in C major, K 317 "Coronation" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
13. Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Austria 
14. Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria 
15. Così fan tutte, K 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano), Roman Trekel (Baritone), Hanno Müller-Brachmann (Bass Baritone),
Daniela Bruera (Soprano), Katharina Kammerloher (Alto), Werner Güra (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 

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