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listen  1. Serenade in G, K.525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" - 1. AllegroAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields 5:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 2. AndanteRadu Lupu 7:17Album Only
listen  3. Le nozze di Figaro / Act 2 - "Voi che sapete"Cecilia Bartoli 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581 - 2. LarghettoMembers Of The Wiener Oktett 6:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ave verum corpus, K.618Choir of King's College, Cambridge 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, K.339 - 5. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (Ps. 116/117)Emma Kirkby 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra in C, K.299 - 2. AndantinoLisa Beznosiuk 8:28Album Only
listen  8. Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - OvertureLondon Philharmonic Orchestra 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Così fan tutte, K.588 / Act 1 - "Soave sia il vento"Renée Fleming 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Symphony No.39 in E flat, K.543 - 2. Andante con motoChicago Symphony Orchestra 7:55Album Only
listen11. Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat, K.495 - 3. Rondo (Allegro vivace)Barry Tuckwell 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Don Giovanni, ossia Il dissoluto punito, K.527 / Act 2 - "Deh! vieni alla finestra"Bryn Terfel 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Five Contredanses, K.609 "Non più andrai" - 1. In C «Non più andrai»Wiener Mozart Ensemble0:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Three German Dances, K.605 - No.3 in C, Trio "Die Schlittenfahrt"Wiener Mozart Ensemble 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 2. AndanteVladimir Ashkenazy 7:34Album Only
listen16. Ein musikalischer Spass, K.522 - 4. PrestoWiener Mozart Ensemble 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Symphony No.40 in G minor, K.550 - 1. Molto allegroWiener Philharmoniker 7:46Album Only
listen  2. Piano Sonata No.16 in C, K.545 "Sonata facile" - 1. AllegroAndrás Schiff 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Die Zauberflöte / Act 2 - "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen"Sumi Jo 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Clarinet Concerto in A, K.622 - 2. AdagioFranklin Cohen 7:16Album Only
listen  5. Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Là ci darem la mano"Cecilia Bartoli 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Serenade in B flat, K.361 "Gran partita" - 3. AdagioLondon Wind Soloists 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Die Zauberflöte / Act 1 - "Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja"Hermann Prey 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Le nozze di Figaro / Act 3 - "Dove sono i bei momenti"Kiri Te Kanawa 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216 - 2. AdagioJoshua Bell 8:08Album Only
listen10. Requiem in D minor, K.626 - LacrimosaKonzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento in E flat, K.243 - Dulcissimum Convivium...Viaticum in Domino morientumMargaret Marshall 7:17Album Only
listen12. Piano Sonata No.11 in A, K.331 -"Alla Turca" - 3. Alla Turca (Allegretto)András Schiff 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Fin ch'han dal vino"Bryn Terfel 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Divertimento in D, K.334 - 3. Menuetto - Trio - MenuettoWiener Mozart Ensemble 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Exsultate, jubilate, K.165 - 4. AlleluiaLeontyne Price 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Symphony No.41 in C, K.551 - "Jupiter" - 4. Molto allegroWiener Philharmoniker 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00005A8JZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,317 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I love this CD and so does my 10 month old son.
Aubrey
Which is really great at helping newbies (like myself when I first got this) decide which styles they like and will help them make future purchases.
Suzanne
This is a good well rounded collection to dip you into the classical world of Mozart.
Ariella Vaccarino creator of "Voice Lessons To Go, V.1 &V.2"

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111 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Autonomeus on November 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a great sampler of the world's greatest composer (well, Bach and Beethoven are contenders)! Rather than deciding where to begin -- operas? symphonies? concertos? sonatas? -- you can begin everywhere at once. The performances are not second-rate, they are excerpts from world-class recordings.

You can use this set as the basis for further listening adventures, or you can use it as an end in itself. As such, it is surely a contender for Best CD In The World. If you bought complete recordings of every composition excerpted on this disc, you might have to file for bankruptcy, so don't let purism stand in the way of enjoying Mozart.

I used this set as my introduction (it was previously packaged as THE GREATEST MOZART SHOW ON EARTH) when I first ventured into classical music a couple of years ago, and so far I've expanded into operas, piano concertos, violin concertos, and string quintets.

The genius revealed over the range of forms led to love at first listening!
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189 of 197 people found the following review helpful By "pspa" on April 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I don't think Mozart purists would want a collection that consists in large part of excerpts or single movements from various works, but I bought this for my kids and it really is an entertaining, first-rate, diverse introduction to the endless repertoire of Mozart. Perfect for someone who is only a casual fan of classical music, or kids who need memorable tunes to sustain their interest in classical music, or I suppose for someone who just wants beautiful music in the background.
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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on June 22, 2005
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This is an excellent collection and the perfect starting point for anyone interested in getting into classical music or, more specifically, Mozart. It was because of my love for this set that I ended up buying the 180 cd "Complete Mozart Edition" from Phillips. Now, spending $1000+ on everything Mozart ever wrote is a bit extreme and those who aren't kooks and completests like myself most likely won't be inclined to do so. But my love for Mozart and classical really began with this set. I found myself playing this album several times a day because I couldn't believed I had lived 16+ years without ever hearing such wonderful, awe-inspiring music.

Not to mention this set is filled with big-named conductors and orchestras who turn in wonderful performances of many of Mozart's best loved pieces. I swear everytime I hear the Adagio to Mozart's 23rd Piano Concerto I still get chills. This collection also contains a wide range of styles; from opera to symphonies and serenades, from concertos to sonatas. Which is really great at helping newbies (like myself when I first got this) decide which styles they like and will help them make future purchases.

This album really opened up a whole new world for me, and I'm beyond grateful for that. For anyone out there's who's ever considered checking out classical or Mozart, if you're looking at this album, don't hesitate to buy it. At the very worst you'll end up with an album that you won't like and $14 less in your wallet. At the most it will open up a whole new world of musical wonder that you've never known before.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Kimball on May 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
For those who enjoy - or would like to get to know - the music of Mozart, ESSENTIAL MOZART is a thoughtful and satisfying collection, so good, in fact, that NPR radio station KUSC is offering the two-disc set as a premium in its current fund drive.

Clearly, an additional bonus is that, for those of us who care about such things, the selections are not rendered by orchestras seeking to escape a well-deserved anonimity, as is sometimes the case with CD's like this. Instead, the recordings feature such outstanding groups as the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Academy of Ancient Music

Yet, the real beauty of this collection is that it is neither expressly for beginners nor exclusively for the Mozart lover. It is that rarest of accomplishments: a gift that embraces the best of both.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Redhead on November 3, 2009
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I was eagerly looking forward to this Decca compilation, but although the music is superb, the inconsistent volume was very annoying. I was constantly adjusting the volume control. This lets the whole thing down in my opinion, and is inexcusable from a world class company such as Decca. I doubt I'll bother playing it again. I bought a second one as a gift, but won't be inflicting it on anyone - have just sold it on Ebay.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By William J. Meggs on December 6, 2008
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While reading Oliver Sack's book, Musicophilia, about the neuroscience of music illustrated through cases of neurological disability that knocked out areas of the brain involved in music perception and creation, I learned that children listening to Mozart developed specific regions of the brain and improve their mathematics scores. I decided that my 5 month old grandson's developing brain would benefit from listening to Mozart. I chose this collection of Mozart's works and was not disappointed with the quality of the music, though my grandson is now six months old and not yet doing calculus.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Linda Burke on March 11, 2009
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This CD I heard first on KUSC, L.A.'s publicly supported classical station during one of their fund drives. I had already made my yearly donation and couldn't afford the additional donation requirement to receive Essential Mozart as a gift, so I meekly bought a used copy from Amazon. I had to have it! It is a beautiful representation of Mozart's work.

By the way, if you are looking for a good classical station where you can get informative tidbits about the composers, KUSC is it, and it is available to the world through their computers. Just remember to send a donation every year or so if you like the station.
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