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.”