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100 Best Mozart

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EMI's Best Mozart 100 is a six-disc sampler of the most famous pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, regarded by many as the greatest composer of the Classical era. The selections touch on all the genres Mozart composed in, including concertos, symphonies, operas, chamber music, and keyboard works, but in most cases, these famous pieces are represented by single movements and excerpts that may not give an accurate impression of what the full compositions are like. Newcomers to Mozart should be aware that classical greatest-hits compilations seldom present complete multimovement works, and the only exceptions here are the Serenade in G major, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," and the popular Piano Sonata in C major, "Sonata semplice." EMI has drawn on its deep backlist to provide examples of the most recognizable works in performances by many highly regarded artists of the late 20th century. The recording dates from 1960 to 1992, so the mix of ADD and DDD tracks guarantees some variability in the sound, but not enough to be disconcerting. The organization of the package is threefold, with concertos and symphonies grouped on disc 1, the operas sampled on discs 2 and 3, and chamber and keyboard pieces assigned to discs 4 and 5, and the choral music -- including excerpts of the Requiem -- on the final disc. It's difficult to dispute any of the choices here, but for an introduction to the world of Mozart, this package is serviceable, and with any luck it will steer beginners in the right direction.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
1 03:58 Amazon
2 03:40 Amazon
3 03:47 Amazon
4 02:56 Amazon
5 04:39 Amazon
6 04:20 Amazon
7 02:28 Amazon
8 03:26 Amazon
Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588
9 01:43 Amazon
10 03:21 Amazon
11 02:05 Amazon
12 05:17 Amazon
13 05:17 Amazon
Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527
14 05:48 Amazon
15 03:20 Amazon
16 02:58 Amazon
17 05:00 Amazon
18 01:16 Amazon
19 02:03 Amazon
20 03:48 Amazon
21 06:02 Amazon
22 01:46 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Der Schauspieldirektor, opera, K. 486
1 03:46 Amazon
Idomeneo, rè di Creta, opera, K. 366
2 06:16 Amazon
3 04:54 Amazon
Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
4 05:00 Amazon
5 08:49 Amazon
6 02:32 Amazon
7 02:09 Amazon
8 03:31 Amazon
Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620
9 06:49 Amazon
10 02:49 Amazon
11 04:03 Amazon
12 03:13 Amazon
13 03:13 Amazon
14 02:53 Amazon
15 02:50 Amazon
16 04:14 Amazon
17 04:12 Amazon
18 02:38 Amazon
19 02:45 Amazon
20 01:22 Amazon
21 01:37 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i)
1 03:28 Amazon
Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major ("Gran Partita"), K. 361 (K. 370a)
2 05:27 Amazon
3 01:15 Amazon
Sonata for violin & piano No. 21 in E minor, K. 304 (K. 300c)
4 09:02 Amazon
5 09:35 Amazon
Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525
6 05:53 Amazon
7 05:44 Amazon
8 01:57 Amazon
9 03:04 Amazon
10 03:09 Amazon
11 05:38 Amazon
Divertimento for violin, viola & cello in E flat major, K. 563
12 06:34 Amazon
13 05:56 Amazon
Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545
14 03:08 Amazon
15 05:44 Amazon
16 01:41 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K. 448 (K. 375a)
1 08:02 Amazon
Clarinet Quintet in A major ("Stadler"), K. 581
2 06:30 Amazon
Serenade No. 12 for winds in C minor ("Nacht Musique"), K. 388 (K. 384a)
3 04:11 Amazon
Quartet for flute, violin, viola & cello No. 2 in G major, (K. 285a)
4 06:51 Amazon
Quintet for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon in E flat major, K. 452
5 05:54 Amazon
Duo for violin & viola No. 1 in G major, K. 423
6 04:14 Amazon
Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310 (K. 300d)
7 03:00 Amazon
String Quartet No. 17 in B flat major ("Hunt"), K. 458
8 06:33 Amazon
Quartet for oboe, violin, viola & cello in F major, K. 370 (K. 368b)
9 04:27 Amazon
Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major ("Coronation") K. 537
10 07:00 Amazon
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major ("Turkish") K. 219
11 08:35 Amazon
12 02:52 Amazon
Serenade No. 11 for winds in E flat major, K. 375
13 03:29 Amazon
Divertimento for 2 horns & strings in F major ("Ein musikalischer Spass," "A Musical Joke"), K. 522
14 03:29 Amazon
15 04:33 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626
1 04:27 Amazon
2 02:34 Amazon
3 02:59 Amazon
Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339
4 05:29 Amazon
5 03:26 Amazon
Litaniae Lauretanae (de Beata Maria Virgine) for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 195 (K. 186d)
6 06:24 Amazon
Mass No. 17 for soloists, chorus & orchestra in C minor (fragment, "Great Mass"), K. 427 (K. 417a)
7 08:29 Amazon
Mass No. 15 for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra in C major ("Coronation"), K. 317
8 03:16 Amazon
9 15:40 Amazon
Regina coeli, antiphon for soprano, chorus & orchestra, K. 127
10 04:06 Amazon
11 04:06 Amazon
Grabmusik, cantata for soloists, choir & orchestra, K. 42 (K. 35a)
12 06:14 Amazon
13 02:11 Amazon
Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620
14 03:05 Amazon
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