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To celebrate 225 years of Mozart, Decca & Deutsche Gramophon are releasing a 15,000 limited edition set on CD of all Mozart works. The package includes books of the composer's history and track lists...and on and on.

 

Depending on where the vendor is, the price ranges from USD 300-600.

 

There would be versions and there would be versions that are favourites to people, is the list of performances in this set above the average of presentation? This would be a great way for starters or newbies to classical? :)

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To celebrate 225 years of Mozart, Decca & Deutsche Gramophon are releasing a 15,000 limited edition set on CD of all Mozart works. The package includes books of the composer's history and track lists...and on and on.

 

Depending on where the vendor is, the price ranges from USD 300-600.

 

There would be versions and there would be versions that are favourites to people, is the list of performances in this set above the average of presentation? This would be a great way for starters or newbies to classical? :)

 

There are some good recordings in there, with Uchida on piano, Dumay and Piers for the violin sonatas and trios, the quartets from Hagen,Melos, and Italiano.

 

The symphonies are mainly played by Hogwood and Pinnock, not bad but you can find better.

 

For the violin concertos you even get my very much liked Carmignola/Abbado.

 

I'm not very fond of the recordings of the piano concerto with Malcolm Bilson, the fortepiano sounds a bit tinny. Nicely enough, you get several alternatives with Pires and Uchida.

 

There are some nice operas in there as well. The Mitridate with Rousset is good, as is Nézet's Don Giovanni.

 

Overall, this is a surprisingly good compilation.

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Ha, at starters and those new to classical interests. This is a gift for the enthusiast who has everything or a target for someone who just keeps collecting long after they lost a motive to do so. Barring the two hardcover books and five frameable art prints not available anywhere else. :P

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15,000 CD's should cover all of Mozart's music! :-) I remember the big set that Philips (now absorbed into Decca Universal with DGG) did a few years ago for Mozart's bicentennial of his death. I think that was supposed to be complete and included such treasures as Uchida's complete recordings of the piano sonatas. Wonder how much is overlap.

 

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Apparently this, the largest box set ever, is selling quite well. One salesman trotted out a number of 1.25 million CD's sold. Which DG was quick to correct as 6,250 sets. Still quite impressive. Apparently there is a, holiday, market for such offerings when well done.

 

Oddly semi-related, vinyl is outpacing downloads in England, a first anywhere, and going very strong in the rest of the classical nations. Again very holiday gift related.

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