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The Complete Mozart Divertimentos: Historic First Recorded Edition
The idea of amassing a large collection of occasional music by Mozart would appear at first to be a luxury to any but the most fanatic of record collectors. But for those who know it well, this music is full of profound po... more »
The idea of amassing a large collection of occasional music by Mozart would appear at first to be a luxury to any but the most fanatic of record collectors. But for those who know it well, this music is full of profound poetry. Its beauty emerges more and more with repeated listening and shows that the genius that created the symphonies, concerti, and operas could produce masterpieces for informal settings as well. The first series of concerts by the New York Philomusica Chamber Ensemble was held in New York City?s Town Hall in September, 1971. On the second program of the series, the great Divertimento No. 17 in D and its companion March were heard, soon thereafter recorded. Thus began a 3-year project to record all of the Breitkopf & Härtel edition of the "Complete Divertimentos of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart." No organization had sought to mount such an ambitious effort previously, nor has any since. The first completed recordings were issued in 1975 as "Vox Boxes," in LP format. In 1991 they were issued again, on CD. This edition is 2002. In each edition, the liner notes by Robert Levin have been updated to the latest standards of scholarship. The great string divertimentos in this survey call forth from the violinists the most demanding range of musicality and instrumental skill. Peter Davis, reviewing the 1975 LPs for The New York Times noted "...a special pleasure in hearing the poised, lark-like flights of the two principal violinists, Isidore Cohen and Felix Galimir." That independent view is an apt expression of the gift so crucial to these performances' musical success. Each of the six CDs is also available for individual purchase through Amazon.com.
Frank W. Barham | Greenbank, WA USA | 08/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is amazing how keenly Mozart intuited what we would need at those times when the world is a bit too much with us. And here we have six discs of his unique balm, the perfect companion piece for Dover's print edition of the Divertimenti. The performances offer an unlikely combination of American accuracy and efficiency with a distinctly Viennese relaxation and lilt. It's the best of both continents. Philomusica's sonics and budget price can't be beat, and the performances cannot be matched. See also two other Mozartean gems from Philomusica: the three great Wind Serenades and a Mozart memorial that includes the 17th Piano Concerto and the G Minor String Quintet.
-Frank W. Barham"
Twinkle Twinkle, ABC's and Happy Birthday To You Wolfgang
Shannon R. Van Meter | berkeley springs. wv | 05/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a bassoonist. I was always hoping to either have or record
all of the best of my hero's classic works. Especially his divertimentos, which are rare and difficult to find. An now
celebrating Wolfgang's 250th, I was so astonished that I rushed
to find an American Express card to own my very own complete collection; to hear over and over and enjoy. I even might just pull out the old Fox bassoon and try to play along with some of them.
I am very greatful. Thanks-a-mil!
S.R. Van Meter,II"
Well worth it
L. Heinbach | 12/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am neither a musician nor do I have any real music knowledge but after hearing a divertimento on the classical music station, I went on line and took a chance with this set. I couldn't be happier. This is a collection of relaxing music or as someone described divertamento to me as Mozart elavator music. I have the discs in the car and listen to them during long trips. I also listen at times on my way to and from work or around town. It helps me to unwind. It is great background music as well as listening music."