Mozart 225: The Complete Edition Tops 1.25 Million in Sales Worldwide

Photo Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon. Renée Fleming accepts commemorative plaque to celebrate sales of 1.25 million CDs and in honor of Mozart’s 225th anniversary

Mozart was a huge hit throughout his short career and his great success has continued in 2016 in the form of 1.25 million international CD sales of Deutsche Grammophon’s “Mozart 225: The Complete Edition” in a whopping five weeks since its release.

The boxset, made up of 200-CD’s and encompassing every single work ever created by the composer, was released on October 28, 2016 and features a plethora of major current and former opera stars including Joyce DiDonato, Renee Fleming, Rolando Villazon, Diana Damrau, Bryn Terfel, Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Florez, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Mirella Freni, Elina Garanca, Edita Gruberova, Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko among many, many others.

The massive boxset, which costs north of $300, has its own website where viewers can find a 13-page catalog of all 600-plus artists featured on the set. According to a press release, listeners have an opportunity to dive into over 240 hours of music. It weights around 25 lbs, and features two books, a new biography by Professor Cliff Eisen and a work-by-work commentary from Mozart experts worldwide.

In commemoration of the sales milestone, Fleming accepted a special presentation disc at an event.

“It is wonderful to see the reaction to this box set, which is the fruit of years of scholarship, planning and curation,” stated Paul Moseley, Universal Music Group’s Director of Mozart 225. “Mozart’s immortal melodies, no less than The Beatles or Abba, are in some way part of all our lives – and this Edition is the perfect way to celebrate that on his 225th anniversary.”

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Prior to creating OperaWire, DAVID SALAZAR, (Editor-in-Chief) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he interviewed major opera stars including Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Vittorio Grigolo, Diana Damrau and Rolando Villazon among others. His 2014 interview with opera star Kristine Opolais was cited in a New York Times Review. He also had the opportunity of interviewing numerous Oscar nominees, Golden Globe winners and film industry giants such as Guillermo del Toro, Oscar Isaac and John Leguizamo among others. David holds a Masters in Media Management from Fordham University. During his time at Fordham, he studied abroad at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. He also holds a dual bachelor’s from Hofstra University in Film Production and Journalism.

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