Notes & Reviews:
The idea of combining DG's all-encompassing 111 concept with the works of an individual composer ahs entailed a new focus for this popular brand. Our aim is twofold: first, to offer as comprehensive a Mozart edition as possible; secondly, to reflect the label's extraordinary tradition of Mozart interpretation. Thus you'll find "big-band Mozart at its best", represented by the classic recordings of Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic, alongside the acclaimed period-instrument performances of Trevor Pinnock and Marc Minkowski; the timeless opera recordings of Karl Bohm from the 1960s and 1970s as well as John Eliot Gardiner's revelatory approach to these works from the late 1980s and 1990s; Geza Anda's magical K. 467 Piano Concerto from 1967 (made famous as the soundtrack to the Swedish film romance Elvira Madigan) set against the historically informed approach of Malcolm Bilson and Gardiner in the same genre.
In many cases these are simply great performances, whether of wind concertos (with Orpheus), piano concertos (with Gilels, Pollini and Pires) or string quartets (Hagen Quartet). A special place has been reserve for Vladimir Horowitz, all of whose DG solo Mozart recordings are brought together here on a single disc for the first time. Bernstein and Abbado lead the way sacred music; concert arias are present in Gundula Janowitz's exquisite recordings. Conducting duties for the six essential operas are divided between five of the outstanding Mozartians of the 20th century: Abbado, Bohm, Gardiner, Harnoncourt and Levine.
Mozart 111 combines the best of the Austrian master's music with the best of Deutsche Grammophon's Mozart recordings, bringing together a total of 111 works, while retaining, as far as possible, the original album releases with their cover art. There's enough of everything here to stock a shop, as they say, in performances that have stood the test of time and performances that make you sit up and listen to Mozart afresh - the perfect way to discover, rediscover an savor the incomparable genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
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