, February 2009
First up is the terrific compilation of Mozart’s important works in The Essential Mozart collection, which features Symphonies No. 38 & 41, Clarinet Concerto, Piano Concerto No. 20, Violin Sonatas, Choral Works and Così fan tutte…What fans will love about this compilation is that it pulls together material that really demonstrates Mozart’s broad abilities to write for a variety of material, his symphonic work, his concertos, his church arrangements and of course his operatic material are all on full display within this set and Medici Arts gets it right too by featuring this DVD with good performance marks as well.
Presented in 1.78 X 1 widescreen the presentations all look very good, even though the material is from a variety of different sources, the consistency is solid throughout as the whole package really comes together in a logical sense. Close-up shots are well-rendered with good color and depth, likewise wider shots look good as well and considering the limitations of standard definition, it’s a pleasing transfer across the board. We have been impressed with the label’s entries on Blu-ray and look forward to even more material making it’s way as well, this DVD shines already and it’s migration to Blu-ray would be a fantastic move.
Sound is also impressive as the company gives us three audio options here, the first is a 2.0 PCM mix that is very good, crisp, and highly detailed, the second option is a weaker Dolby Digital 5.1 mix that is spread a bit too thin, while the final option is the best as a DTS 5.1 mix that is thicker, richer, and more pronounced across the spectrum making it the sheer winner here. Considering that these mixes are still lossy in their playback, it’s still surprising how good recordings can still sound phenomenal when done correct, this is certainly the case here with the DTS option, which we always prefer when we can get it!