TFew films on any musical figure have come close to Amadeus for sheer humanity, humor, and high quality of musical presentation.

Few films on any musical figure have come close to Amadeus for sheer humanity, humor, and high quality of musical presentation. Winner of eight Academy Awards (including best picture) in 1985, the sublime Mozart biopic benefited immeasurably from having as its music director the eminent Mozartian Sir Neville Marriner. In league with his Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and several standout soloists, the English conductor saw to it that the composer's music was used with utmost integrity and stylishness. In this deluxe package, the full Amadeus soundtrack has been reissued to coincide with a new director's cut of the film on DVD-Video; the two-disc set has been remastered in 24-bit sound, presented on gold CDs, along with a generously annotated and illustrated booklet and slipcase. Even though there are myriad Mozart anthologies on the market, this collection is something special, as it reaches beyond the composer's "greatest hits" to include relatively lesser-known but no-less-dramatic selections (along with snippets of music by his contemporaries). From the thrilling opening of the Symphony in G minor No. 25 to the credit-accompanying, heart-easing Romanza from the D Minor Piano Concerto, the Amadeus soundtrack is consistently rewarding and is sure to have people reaching out for more Mozart. And that's a wonderful thing.—BB