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Amadeus: The Complete Original Soundtrack Recording Box set

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Product Description

Of course, that same soundtrack doubles as one terrific Mozart collection! And now, it's available in one 3-CD package (previously it only came in two volumes) that includes updated notes and, of course, the superb interpretations of Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

Director Milos Forman's rewarding 1984 film adaptation of playwright Peter Shaffer's Tony-winning play won no fewer than 10 Academy Awards (including Best Film, Best Actor, and Best Director); only Wolfgang himself (and his filmic counterpart, Tom Hulce) seemed to get overlooked by the Academy. This expanded three-disc set contains all of Sir Neville Marriner's crisp, accurate readings of the excerpted Mozart symphonies, concertos, serenades, and operas (including marvelous portions of The Abduction of Seraglio, Don Giovanni, and The Magic Flute) used in the film. The success of Amadeus spurred a long-overdue renaissance of interest in classical music, and one would be hard-pressed to find a richer, more concise introduction to the intoxicating music and frustrating bundle of moral contradictions that was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Symphony No. 25 In G Minor, (1st Movement)
  2. Stabat Mater; Quando Corpus Morietur And Amen
  3. Bubak And Hungaricus
  4. Serenade For Winds, (3rd Movment)
  5. The Abduction From The Seraglio, (Turkish...)
  6. The Abduction From The Seraglio (Chorus Of...)
  7. Caro Mio Bene
  8. Mass In C Minor
  9. Concerto For Flute And Harp, (2nd Movement)
  10. Concerto For Two Pianos, (3rd Movement)

Disc: 2

  1. Symphony No. 29 In A, (1st Movemnet, Allegro Mod.)
  2. Piano Concerto In E Flat, (3rd Movement)
  3. The Marriage Of Figaro, Act III, Ecco La Marcia
  4. The Marriage Of Figaro, Act IV, Ah Tutti Contenti
  5. Axur, Finale
  6. Piano Concerto In D Minor, (1st Movement)
  7. Zaide; Aria, Rhue Sanft
  8. Don Giovanni, Act II, Commendatore Scene
  9. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Serenade, (1st Movement)

Disc: 3

  1. Symphonie Concertante, (1st Movement)
  2. Masonic Funeral Music
  3. The Magic Flute, Overture
  4. The Magic Flute, Aria (No. 14), Queen Of The Night
  5. Six German Dances
  6. Introitus, (Orchestral Introduction)
  7. Dies Irae
  8. Rex Tremendae Majestatis
  9. Confutatis
  10. Lacrymosa
  11. Piano Concerto In D Minor, (2nd Movement) Romanza

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Conductor: Neville Marriner
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jaroslav Krcek, Giuseppe Giordani, Antonio Salieri
  • Audio CD (April 15, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Fantasy
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • ASIN: B000000XBV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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143 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Tyson Torres on January 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This three disc set is an excellent starting point, not only for the beginning listener of Mozart, but to the beginning listener of classical music in general.
That said, the selections are quite in tune with the film itself, which quite uniquely makes this soundtrack valuable both to people who loved the film as well as those who have never seen it. Perhaps 90% of the tracks are the compositions of Mozart, including the Commendatore scene of "Don Giovanni" and the Queen of the Night aria from "The Magic Flute." The remaining tracks consist of music heard during various scenes in the film, including the finale from Salieri's opera "Axur." Enough new material is here to warrant buying this set over one of the other less expensive editions of the "Amadeus" soundtrack.
In short, the music contained herein is a virtual greatest hits album of Mozart, virtual only in that it's scope must be limited to only 3 discs. On an incidental note, even the conductor and symphony orchestra performing the selections are recognized as being among the foremost interpreters of Mozart's music; yet another reason to purchase the Bicentennial Edition. It also includes a wonderful album-sized booklet detailing much of the behind the scenes work involved, as well as portions of the story. All very nicely done, especially for an average price of approximately $12 per disc. I have hundreds of Mozart's CDs in my collection, but I most often return to this, the most concise package of his music. Whether you enjoyed the film and its music, or you simply wish to widen out your musical horizons to include Mozart's music, this is the set to buy.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Avila on July 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In 1984, Milos Forman's film Amadeus, based on the hit Broadway play by Peter Schaffer, made it to the big screen with resounding success nationwide. When the soundtrack was released, it was a top seller and even found itself selling as much as such popular 80's artists as Madonna. The music from this well-made film, mostly Mozart but used some Classical-Era works by Salieri, Pergolesi and Salieri- hooked young people into classical music when they might have otherwise never given it a chance.

In the film, Mozart's music is used for dramatic effect and for ambiance. Vienna in the 1780's was the home of a blooming musical scene that would later see the likes of Beethoven. This musical kingdom is well captured in the soundtrack, which features tantalizing excerpts from Mozart's most illustrious works. The film opens to the frenzied, dark strains of the 1st movement of the 25th Symphony, as a crazed Salieri is taken from his home to a mental asylum after an attempted suicide. It goes on to use the religious music of Pergolesi Ave Verum and Amen - boys chorus as Salieri contemplates a life of chastity and dedication to music if God grants him talent. Then we leave Salieri's world of spirituality and desire for fame when we are introduced to the young Mozart. The Serenade for Winds "Gran Partita" is heard - an oboe, clarinets, "like a rusty squeezebox" and fills the air with sublime serenity. This coming from a composer who began his career at the age of 4 who was already trained in piano and violin, and who in his teens composed symphonies and operas. Salieri's works are no longer heard as Mozart's brilliant music takes over the score.
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58 of 66 people found the following review helpful By gellio on April 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Okay, I want to start off by saying that even this set is not "complete." Several pieces, that were in the film are missing. Papageno's aria from 'Flute', Martern aller Arten from 'Seraglio' and the opening to 'Figaro', to name a few. However, this really is a great recording and a wonderful introduction to Mozart.
Marriner is a wonderful conductor, but there are moments on this disc that are simply inadequate - namely The Queen of the Night's aria from 'Flute.' I have heard many many better readings than this. Christina Deutekom under the direction of Solti, with the Vienna Philharmonic is simply incredible as the Queen. This recording (complete) is hard to find, but amazon has a highlights version. It's the best 'Flute' out there.
The Commendatore Scene from 'Don Giovanni' is well done, but pales in comparison to what Eberhard Wachter did under the direction of Guilini - this recording has been called the greatest opera recording ever. One critic said there's a better chance we will see pigs fly than there is that a 'Don Giovanni' will be made that can rival Guilin's.
The scenes from 'The Marriage of Figaro' also pale in comparision to what Guilini, Solti, Bohm, and Muti for that matter have done.
So, I guess it's the opera scenes that I find most laking in this set, but as a whole it's truly a wonderful intro to Mozart's music.
If you want to explore his operas further, I recommend.
Marriage of Figaro - Guilini's all star set is highly regarded, but being that it's on 2 discs - two arias have been omitted. Solti's reading is excellent as well and complete. Bohm's complete recording is a true gem.
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