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Mozart Edition: Complete Works (170 CD Box Set) [Box set]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Bruce Abel , Christian Tchelebiev , Christof Fischesser , Ezio Maria Tisi , Gottfried Hornik , Hermann-Christian Polster , Klaus Mertens , Manfred Bittner , Peter Schneyder Audio CD
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  • Performer: Bruce Abel, Christian Tchelebiev, Christof Fischesser, Ezio Maria Tisi, Gottfried Hornik, et al.
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (October 25, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 170
  • 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: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B000BLI3K2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mozart Edition: The Complete Works will make a great gift this Holiday season for the music lover in your life or someone who is hard to buy for. This collection contains 170 discs of completed works by Mozart in one beautiful package. Also included is a cd-rom containing essays on his works, artist bio's, text and libretti's. At this super low price all music lovers will enjoy the Symphonies - Concertos - Serenades - Divertimenti - Dances - Chamber Music - Church Sonatas - String Ensembles - Violin Sonatas - Keyboard Works - Sacred Works - Concert Arias - Songs - Canons and Operas in this collection.

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352 of 355 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just cheap, an enjoyable bargain set May 29, 2006
By DWH
Format:Audio CD
This set is so inexpensive (for 170 CDs) that you may be suspicious about the quality. I have now played about 25-30 of the 170 discs in this set. I have had fun exploring the lesser-known pieces, often just making a random blind grab from the box. I have found the music generally enjoyable, well-played and well-recorded.

I cannot claim that the performances are necessarily the equal of the very best recordings of individual works. For example, I generally prefer the Perahia piano concertos, the Uchida piano sonatas, the symphonies conducted by Mackeras, Szell, etc., to the versions included in this box. But that seems entirely beside the point when this 170 CD set costs so little. I can enjoy listening to a good performance of good music, even if I know that there might be a better performance out there. If your expectations are adjusted to the price point, as mine were, your reaction upon receiving the set may be similar to mine -- pleasant surprise that so much of the music is so well played and recorded. Some of the musicians -- many Dutch -- were unfamiliar to me, but sprinkled through you will find Sir Colin Davis, Gerd Seifert, and some other names that you may recognize.

I have discovered various obscure masses and chamber music that I had not previously collected but that I definitely would play again. So far, I have found only one disc that I would be unlikely to repeat, the single disc containing "Der Schauspieldirektor", a singspiel opera. (My complaint lay not with the performance, or the recording, but with the dated work itself, which has little appeal to me. Der Schauspieldirektor consists of a few short musical numbers embedded in about 40 minutes of tedious spoken German).
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740 of 765 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Initial impressions. July 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Performances: 1-5 stars, Value: 5 stars.

Although undeniably inexpensive, being cheap does not make the set worth owning, as a collection of dreadful performances would not be worth having. So the question is, how good are the performances?

First, though, let us consider the packaging. The box is only about a foot long, and not much taller or deeper than a CD. This is a very small space for 171 CDs (the "1" is a CD ROM instead of having booklets). On each of the paper envelopes that contain each of the CDs there is printed what is on the disc, and who performed it. In the top of the lid to the cardboard/fiberboard box there is a list of each piece that is on each disc. The set is divided into types of music; e.g., the symphonies are the first part, the operas are the last part. I miss having booklets, and would greatly prefer them to the CD ROM that has pdf files (with Adobe Reader, if you need it). They can be printed out, and are formatted to be an appropriate size for CDs. But I have not done so. Also, the libretti are not translated into English. I think it is worthwhile to consider purchasing a book with all of Mozart's libretti with English translations (so if any of you know of any such book that I should get, please let me know). Most of the other text on the CD is in English, but there are occasional parts in German that should be translated into English.

Much of it was recorded for Brilliant Classics, but some was licensed from other companies from previous releases.

I have listened to only a small amount of the music, but enough to form an initial impression.
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183 of 185 people found the following review helpful
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(UPDATE - now I've bought 6 Brilliant sets and 4 of the 6 sets had missing CDs!!! The latest in Nov. 2007, the 100 CD Beethoven set also had a missing a CD!) I've bought 5 Brilliant sets so far - the 170 CD Mozart and 4 of the 40-CD sets of other composers - and in three of the five purchases there was a CD missing! One of the 170 Mozart CDs was duplicated with another CD instead, and the same thing happened in two of my 40 CD sets. And Brilliant doesn't make a replacement easy. So check every CD number against the CD number on the slipcase right after you purchase it so you can return it in time! I checked my Mozart set after purchasing it and thought all was well, but after 2 bad Brilliant 40-CD sets I checked my 170-CD Mozart set again tonight several months after buying it and sure enough, it too was missing a CD! So quality control is a BIG Brilliant problem at least as far as assemblage goes. The music is mostly pretty good quality... if you manage to get a complete set!
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful performances February 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Thus far, I've listened to many of the Orchestral and Chamber works presented in this set. The term definitive doesn't come to mind for these or any other recordings, mostly because I don't feel qualified to use it. But, I am convinced that each and every performance I've experienced so far are of the calibre that would have been warmly received by concert going audiences of Mozart's day, and by all but the snootiest of audiences of today. And, most of these performances are recent, digital recordings providing excellent sound qualities.

The musicians are all talented professionals. And, they come across as dedicated and committed to doing their part to keep Mozart's music alive and available to the masses. I applaud Brilliant Classics for their commitment to this project and their many other projects that provide us with the music of the masters at reasonable prices.

Period/Authentic instrument performances may be an acquired taste--one I'm still working on. But, the more I listen to the musical performances on these CDs, the more I like them. The symphonies, piano concertos, and divertimenti are performed quite well, equal to many other performances I've heard. For the most part, they are simply delightful and charming--enjoyable with or without comparison to others.

Because I'm a Mozart fan, I have multiple sets of his symphonies, concerti, divertimenti, sonatas, and chamber works. I like each of those for my own personal reasons. But, if the CDs in this set were the only Mozart I could own, I'd be quite satisfied. I acknowledge that critics abound who may find fault with tempos, dynamics, and other perceived performance "flaws" with these recordings, as well as others they review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good not great.
I just finished listening to the entire box set of Mozart's works. I'm humbled and in awe of what he was as a musician. He changed music forever. These cd's are good but not great. Read more
Published on March 28, 2012 by bugsbunny2795
5.0 out of 5 stars Whole Lotta Mozart for the Right Price
Unlike most reviewers weighing in on Mozart, I don't know anything about Mozart other than what I saw in the film "Amadeus", and now, after two years of occasional listening, have... Read more
Published on November 29, 2011 by Glenn Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done!
This is one of the greatest bargains ever available to classical music and/or Mozart fans. Almost everything is good to very good. The Derek Han piano concertos are excellent. Read more
Published on October 1, 2011 by Michael Roof
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly adequate to very good
I bought this set because I like to have instrumental Mozart playing while I work, and I had bought a used Sony 100-CD changer that I wanted to fill with Mozart. Read more
Published on February 11, 2011 by pompomgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Do I Have To Tell You It Rates 5 Stars?
If you are a fan of Mozart or classical music in general you need this box set! 170 discs can seem overwhelming, but if you have any passion for this man's music, you will find it... Read more
Published on October 24, 2010 by russianimp
5.0 out of 5 stars New Edition Coming
Note that a new edition of this box will be released by Brilliant around September 2010. Along with a DVD of videos, there will quite a few new performances.
Published on September 17, 2010 by J. Kauffman
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart for Mental Health
Here Mozart, the jewel of the Classical Zenith in music, is amazingly represented by 170 CDs at the cost of about 75 cents per--and the recordings are outstanding, and in order of... Read more
Published on July 25, 2010 by K. Chaffin
4.0 out of 5 stars a treasure trove for Mozart lovers
I listen closely to, and greatly enjoy, classical music. I already owned many CDs of Mozart's music, e.g., complete piano concerti, when I bought this set and listened to it. Read more
Published on June 5, 2010 by Massachusetts Birder
5.0 out of 5 stars imperdível
São instrumentos "de época", registrados com alta qualidade, que preservam muito do objetivo do mestre. Read more
Published on May 21, 2010 by Fabricio D. Ventura
5.0 out of 5 stars A monument to mankind
It was time that a complete and superb collection of Mozart music be available at a reasonnable price. The extra CD containing the litterature is very useful. Bravo.
Published on May 12, 2010 by Marc Fortier
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$55 USD from amazon.de
The prices for the Mozart collection seem to be higher now. I am not conversant in German, but it looks like a new set from Amazon is Euro 79.95 ($106.92). Other new offers from Euro 75.00 ($100.28). Used starts at Euro 52.53 ($70.25) for Very Good condition and Euro 67.00 ($89.60) for Like... Read more
May 5, 2009 by Uncle Max |  See all 4 posts
Cheaper on the other Amazon websites
I just found it on amazon.uk for 44.76 pounds - which is currently only $87.82 - which includes shipping - and I get it before Christmas! (all the way to rural Indiana!) Wow.... thanks for all the suggestions to shop 'worldwide!'
Dec 8, 2006 by Cynthia A. Denny |  See all 2 posts
missing tracks
I was looking in Internet, I found that Vol. 9 CDs 29 & 30 are right. Many tracks are together. The right tracking lists are:

Tracklisting Vol. 9 CD 29
Singspiel In 3 Akten KV 384
1 Overture (4:09)
First Act
2 No. 1: Aria (Belmonte) (2:46)

3 No. 2: Song (Osmin) - Duet (Osmin, Belmonte)... Read more
May 28, 2008 by Ottoniel A. Ruiz Armijo |  See all 2 posts
The price just jumped 25%
It's simply supply and demand. Amazon's prices fluctuate constantly, both up and down. I was able to order this when it was at the 119 dollar price, so keep watching it, it may well go down again.
Sep 10, 2006 by The Music Man |  See all 5 posts
Table of Contents???
I just found this
http://music.barnesandnoble.com/Mozart-Complete-Works/e/842977025408
just click on 'all tracks' on the left, and about a third down the page are the pieces and performers
I was wondering the same question as well
Oct 22, 2009 by W |  See all 2 posts
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