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I am interested in delving into some Mozart. Where would one start? SACD or DVD-A preferred. Thanks for any and all help.
post #2 of 9
I would suggest you start out with one of his greatest works on SACD. Here it is - I hope you enjoy it. I own about 15 recordings of the requiem and this is by far my most favorite of them all. The sound quality and the performance are first rate.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...ce&s=classical
post #3 of 9
you must, absolutely MUST listen to this
Le Nozze di Figaro - Jacobs/Koln
I own the Red Book version so I can't comment on the sound of the SACD, but as far as the music goes nothing comes close: I think Rene Jacobs has changed the way we listen to Mozart's opera.

Once you are done with Figaro, don't forget to pick up the older
Cosi Fan Tutte
from the same crew. Berkshire Record Outlet offers the best deal. Perhaps one or two singers are not perfect here but the performance is just as revolutionary as the Figaro one.
post #4 of 9
The Piano Concero's are probably my favorite Mozart. Anything from #19 to #27 is great. I like Brendel the best for these works.
post #5 of 9
One of my favourites is Gulda performing Mozart's Piano Concertos 23 and 26. Especially no. 26 is a great start into Mozart even though it's subtitled as "Coronation".
post #6 of 9
The Piano Concertos are a good start. I would add the later string quartets to that. Also the clarinet quintet. Perhaps my favourite Mozart recording is Gardiner's C Minor mass; if you like the requiem mass you should get that.
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There are some very nice recordings of the late symphonies by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra available as high-res downloads from Linn Records.

 

Also, the new recording of Don Giovanni with D'Arcangelo, Villazon, DiDonato, et al is fantastic.
 

post #8 of 9
My favorite piano concertos are 17 & 21 by Geza Anda. The horn concertos on Naxos are very good, but not near as good as Dennis Brain's versions in the mono era.

Don't waste your time looking for SACDs. Most classical music from the stereo era sounds fantastic. In fact, there are a lot of recordings from the 50s and 60s that sound better than modern digital recordings.
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There are some very nice recordings of the late symphonies by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra available as high-res downloads from Linn Records.

 

Also, the new recording of Don Giovanni with D'Arcangelo, Villazon, DiDonato, et al is fantastic.
 


that's quite a performance isn't it? I don't think I have ever heard more sparkles flying between Don Ottavio and Donna Anna! And Di Donato is a Donna Elvira you would not want to mess with (reminded me of Bartoli in the Zurich's DVD).  I hate myself for saying that (he is one of my favourite bass-bariton of all times) but I think the only problem with this performance was D' Arcangelo miscast as Don Giovanni. Not his fault at all, I just think that there is something wrong when Don Giovanni sounds older than Leporello and the Commendatore. Another minor gripe is that I found the tempi a bit too deliberate, even plodding at times (e.g. the Catalogo aria).

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