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Mozart: The Complete Operas Box set, Import

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" A UNIQUE COLLECTION OF THE COMPLETE OPERATIC WORKS OF MOZART, FROM THE FASCINATING TEENAGE WORKS TO THE PROFOUND LATE MASTERPIECES. OPERAS KNOWN AND LOVED THE WORLD OVER SUCH AS LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, DON GIOVANNI, COSI FAN TUTTE AND DIE ZAUBERFL™TE, AS WELL AS RARE DISCOVERIES INCLUDING L'OCA DEL CAIRO AND DIE GARTERIN AUS LIEBE. THESE AWARD-WINNING RECORDINGS FEATURE A GALAXY OF GREAT MOZART SINGERS SUCH AS KIRI TE KANAWA, FREDERICA VON STADE, JANET BAKER, MIRELLA FRENI, EDITA GRUBEROVA, EDITH MATHIS, PETER SCHREIER, HERMANN PREY, THOMAS ALLEN AND MANY MORE.

Product Details

  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (August 4, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 44
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • 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: Decca
  • ASIN: B001TH28EY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,587 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
This set of the best vocal music created by an incomparable genius is a feast for the ear. This is an epoch-making compilation that is going to revolutionize the public perception and appreciation of Mozart's phenomenal opera production.

Contrary to some reviewers' claim, one of the exciting features of this superb collection is that it includes complete and brilliant performances of Mozart's early operas: the delightful German opera "Bastien und Bastienne", K 50 (by a boy Mozart of 12); plus the seven "early Italian Operas": "La Finta Semplice", K 51, "Mitridate", K 87, "Ascanio in Alba", K 111, "Il Sogno di Scipione", K 126, "Lucio Silla", K 135, "Il Re Pastore", K 208, and the extraordinary "La Finta Giardiniera", K 196.
All of them have until recently been universally ignored by the contemporary music world.

What's missing in this set is the Latin opera "Apollo & Hyacinthus", K 38, and the German so-called cantata "Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebotes", K 35 (in fact, a genuine opera). From age 11 to 19, Mozart wrote no fewer than ten operas, plus a magnificent, gripping, "oratorio", "La Betulia Liberata', K 118, which, musically, must be included in his operatic productions, for a total of 11 operas.
These three missing operas are rightly included in the Deutsche Grammophon DVD set of Mozart-22 Complete Operas (33 disks in all. A lot of time is needed to get to know Mozart in depth!). These three early operas can also be found in the Philips audio box No.11 of the Compact edition of 2000 & 2006 called "Litanies, Vespers, Oratorios, Cantatas, Masonic Music", which includes as a bonus, "Davide Penitente", K 469.
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There is no greater composer than Mozart, and his operas are so beautiful. But unfortunately, the operas in this set are poorly packaged. I am having to build my own playlist of Die Zauberflöte. The songs are in the wrong order. They put the overture at the end and the songs within the act are in alphabetical order instead of the order in which they should be performed. I know very little about the earlier operas so will just enjoy the music without any idea of what is going on in them. The later operas are going to have to be organized into proper playlists, and that will take up my time. This is a great buy if you just want to enjoy incredibly beautiful music, but I don't understand why they messed up the order of the component songs.
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These dirt cheap box sets continue to be released at an alarming rate and provide incredible bargains but are not necessarily essential purchases.

This set contains recordings that were all part of the Phillips Complete Mozart Edition (which was about the price of a small car I seem to remember) and they have appeared in several guises since. The backbone of the set is Davis' wonderful recordings of the mature operas which have stood the test of time excedingly well. The set is worth purchasing for these operas alone and will complement any recordings you already own. The list of tremendous singers from the 70's and 80's gives the set another bonus of being a fascinating record of Mozart singing during this period (things are very different now are they not?).

In that sense you can't go wrong but you need to consider that the early operas, while perhaps interesting as a demonstration of his developmentt as a dramatic composer, are not music you will be turning to frequently for enjoyment. Add this the problem that the set will not contain a printed libretto or essays to help you follow these immature works so they will probably sit in their cardborad sleeves for most of their life.

If that doesn't bother you you certainly won't regret gaining so many fine recordings at such a reasonable price.
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