For the Record, Op. 10: Mozart Complete Works; Isabelle Faust's Mozart Concertos

December 8, 2016, 4:23 PM · Welcome to "For the Record,"'s weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones to add to your listening!

Young Mozart

Mozart: Violin Concertos
Isabelle Faust, violin
Il Giardino Armonico; Giovanni Antonini conducting
Isabelle Faust performs all five Mozart Violin Concertos on the 1704 "Sleeping Beauty" Strad, with period instrument ensemble Il Giardino Armonico. It's elegant playing, tidy ensemble, with clean execution -- a real delight. The disc also includes Rondos K.269 and 373; and Adagio K.261. Faust will be in New York in April 2017 to perform Mozart Violin Concertos at Alice Tully Hall with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Mozart 225
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart's entire life's work, in one box. To commemorate the 225th anniversary of Mozart's death, here is a boxed set of his complete works. It boggles the mind, but here are the stats on this set: more than 240 hours of music, 600 solo performers and ensembles including 60 orchestras and every significant Mozart interpreter of the past 30 years. "Five hours of new recordings have been commissioned for this Edition including premieres of previously-lost compositions and every performable fragment. Moreover, a further 25 CDs present key works in great alternative versions, while five more CDs present legendary and historic performances, making this edition a document of the greatest Mozart performances as well as of his complete works." It also includes two illustrated hardcover books, written by Mozart scholar Clifford Eisen. In the books is a new Kochel guide, presenting in short form the new Kochel catalogue developed over many years by the International Stiftung Mozarteum. There are also four frameable prints, including a Mozart letter and a score. I include this video because - wow:

If you have a new recording you would like us to consider for inclusion in our Thursday "For the Record" feature, please e-mail Editor Laurie Niles. Be sure to include the name of your album, a link to it and a short description of what it includes.


December 9, 2016 at 03:41 PM · "Mozart 225" includes:

Cto No. 1 Bb K207 Viktoria Mullova

Cto No. 1 Bb K207 David Oistrakh

Cto No. 2 D K211 Giuliano Carmignola

Cto No. 3 G K216 Viktoria Mullova

Cto No. 3 G K216 Anne-Sophie Mutter (LPO)

Cto No. 4 D K218 Viktoria Mullova

Cto No. 5 A K219 Giuliano Carmignola

Cto No. 5 A K216 Hilary Hahn

Sinfonia Concertante Eb K364 Guiliano Carmignola and ?

Sinfonia Concertante Eb K364 Iona Brown and Josef Suk (ASMF)

Full contents:

December 9, 2016 at 04:31 PM · Paul, thank you for summing that up! Quite a list of artists, there. I'll add that the collection appears to cost around $450.

December 10, 2016 at 09:43 PM · You get 200 CD plus a bunch of other stuff for that price and the packaging is supposed to be very nice. It's a music-lover's treat. But if you only listen to a fraction -- say, only violin concertos and string chamber -- then it's not going to be good value.

December 11, 2016 at 09:34 PM · Good point, Paul!

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