This 2009 sampler gathers highlights from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's most famous works into one place. The unforgettable melodies and inventiveness of the 18th century, Austrian master composer never fail to entrance audiences. Examples from all the genres in which Mozart wrote are found here. There is the romantic "Elvira Madigan" piano concerto; the elegant "Haffner" Symphony (No. 35); the fiery "Dies Irae" from the Requiem; the modest Piano Sonata No. 16, "Sonata facile"; the joyous "Allelujah" from the motet Exsultate, jubilate; the charming serenade Eine kleine Nachtmusik; the spirited "Champagne Aria" ("Fin chan dal vino") from the opera Don Giovanni; and so much more. The artists in these performances range from the well-known -- such as pianist Alfred Brendel and members of the Vienna Volksoper -- to the lesser-known, but no less talented, such as conductor Libor Pesek and the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. The variety of music and performers here provides plenty of examples for anyone looking to learn why the music of Mozart continues to attract followers.
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