"Well, that's what I get for trying to save a few bucks....the original soundtrack to the film Amadeus is three times the price of this CD, so I decided to go with my cheapskate instincts and buy this one, thinking it would be pretty much the same as the soundtrack. Let me prevent you from making the same mistake I did--it isn't! Maybe I just got used to hearing the songs in a certain way from the film, but some of these renditions don't even sound like the same songs. For example, the Symphony # 5 (K. 183) cut is played at a tempo that is so fast, it is tiring to listen to. Some of the songs are done pretty well; the Serenade for Winds (K. 361) is beautiful and moving, the Lacrymosa section from the Requiem is done well, and the Piano Concerto in D Minor retains its haunting mood. If you are looking for a reasonably-priced Mozart CD, this would probably be a good investment for you; but if you are wanting renditions of these beautiful songs as you heard them in the film, then spend the extra bucks and buy the soundtrack."
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Terrible. Were these selections recorded on a gramophone, or what? There are a million recordings of each of these pieces that are so much better than the way they're presented here. There's no real sense of musicality at all; each piece sounds about as exciting as staring at the printed music would be. I'd be ashamed to use this CD to indoctrinate my friends to Mozart. If you want Mozart in all his lush greatness, go buy a CD by the ASMF, or the VPO, or reputable orchestras. But for Pete's sake, skip this one at all costs."
This CD isn't too great.
Tim | St. Louis, Missouri | 07/14/1999
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I've heard the official soundtrack from the movie "Amadeus" and it's a million times better than this one. Symphony #25 and the Requiem excerpts are some of the worst recordings that I have heard. They aren't performed very musically in my opinion. None of these recordings compare to the quality recordings on the "Amadeus" soundtrack and I would not recommend this recording."
Very good performances of Mozart's best music
Tim | 04/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this CD. Most impressive are the selections from Mozart's Requiem, Symphony #25, and excerpts from Don Giovanni."