Essential Mozart

Essential Mozart




It's hard to believe that Mozart (1756-1791) wrote as much as he did in his brief lifespan -- well over 600 works, many of them large in scale. (As Tom Lehrer once remarked, "It is a sobering thought that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years.") Add to that the fact that he excelled in every musical genre of his time, and his gifts are simply staggering. In two discs, Essential Mozart collects 32 excerpts from a variety of the composer's works, providing a wide-ranging overview of his astonishing output. There are movements from symphonies and sonatas, concertos and chamber music, as well as arias from operas and assorted vocal works. Some of the pieces are little-known charmers (the two orchestral dances on the first disc, for example), but most are major milestones and deserve a place in any classical music collection (the 40th Symphony or the Clarinet Quintet are but two examples). There are some big-name performers here, too: conductors Georg Solti, Neville Marriner, and Herbert von Karajan; instrumentalists Joshua Bell, Andras Schiff, and Vladimir Ashkenazy; and vocalists Cecilia Bartoli, Renée Fleming, and Bryn Terfel, among others. With first-rate performances and excellent sound, Essential Mozart is a perfect introduction to the endless delights of Mozart's music.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2001
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028946851722
catalogNumber: 468517


  1. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik"), K. 525: Allegro
  2. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467: Andante
  3. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete
  4. Clarinet Quintet in A major ("Stadler") K. 581: Largetto
  5. Ave verum Corpus, motet for chorus, strings, & organ, K. 618
  6. Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus, & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate Dominum - edited by Maunder, Richard
  7. Concerto for flute, harp & orchestra in C major, K. 299 (K. 297c): Andantino
  8. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Overture
  9. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Trio: Soava sia il vento
  10. Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K. 543: Andante con moto
  11. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495: Rondo
  12. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Serenade: Deh, vieni alla finestra
  13. Contredanse for orchestra in C major, K. 609/1: No. 1 Non più andrai
  14. German dance for orchestra in C major ("Die Schlittenfahrt"), K. 605/3: No. 3 Sleigh Ride
  15. Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488: Adagio
  16. Divertimento for 2 horns & strings in F major ("Ein musikalischer Spass," "A Musical Joke"), K. 522: Presto
  17. Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550: Molto allegro
  18. Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major ("Sonata semplice") K. 545
  19. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Queen of the Night aria, Der Hölle Rache
  20. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: Adagio
  21. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Là ci darem la mano
  22. Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major ("Gran Partita"), K. 361 (K. 370a): Adagio
  23. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja
  24. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Dove sono
  25. Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216: Adagio
  26. Requiem for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, K. 626: Lacrimosa
  27. Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 243
  28. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major ("Alla Turca") K. 331 (K. 300i): Rondo alla turca
  29. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Champagne aria: Fin ch'han dal vino
  30. Divertimento No. 17 for 2 horns & strings in D major, K. 334 (K.320b): Minuet & Trio
  31. Exsultate, jubilate, motet for soprano & orchestra, K. 165 (K. 158a): Alleluja
  32. Symphony No. 41 in C major ("Jupiter"), K. 551: Finale: Molto allegro

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