Here's one elegant way to become a Mozart completist in one fell swoop. Universal Music Group imprints Decca and Deutsche Grammophon have announced a gigantic, 200-CD box set that contains every single work -- all the symphonies, concertos and operas, plus a newly discovered composition -- by Classical-era genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition arrives in late October to mark 225 years since the death of the great composer.
The 200 CDs containing 240 hours of music are cataloged into four sections: Chamber, including all solo works; Orchestral, covering his concertos and symphonies; Theatre, including all 22 operas; and Sacred, Private & Supplement, which has a slew of song fragments and sketches. There’s also two hardcover books, including a brand-new biography, and several frame-worthy prints.
The collection, which was created in partnership with the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation and preeminent Mozart expert Cliff Eisen, will be released worldwide on Oct. 28. The pre-order pricing varies depending on the outlet, with Amazon listing the set at a whopping $479.36, while Presto Classical appears to offer it for only $350. Either way, that's a fair price to own what may be the largest CD box set to ever be assembled.