Thanks to the generosity of Chris, I am getting a superb collection of music from BMG music at an incredible discount. This includes:
Mozart- The Complete Symphonies: Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. I remember the sublime pleasure that I had when as a child I listened to the 36th (Linz) and 40th symphony conducted by Marriner. Now I will be the ecstatic owner of 12 CDs with all the symphonies. Of course this will add to my 40 CD Mozart Complete Works set (Brilliant Classics) but this is Marriner and Marriner imparts a light and fleet-footed, ephemeral touch to Mozart which suits him very well in my opinion. It would probably not suit Beethoven.
Beethoven- The Late Quartets: Takacs Some of the most melancholy music ever written. The Late Quartet in C Sharp Minor will make you reach for the bottle and is surely the greatest depressing piece of music I have ever heard. Now I will hear Takacs play it. This is a 6 CD set.
Mozart- The Complete Piano Sonatas: Mitsuko Uchida Who could forget the famous and widely played Piano Sonata no. 11. Now I will have all of them, played by the stunning Uchida.
As Einstein used to say, Beethoven created his music while Mozart simply found it. Found it. Found it...as an eternal part of the universe...