Television broadcasts two new series on Mozart
Three part drama-documentary, The Genius of Mozart, on
Three part complementary series, Mozart Uncovered, on
BBC FOUR with unique interactive element
Mozart programming on BBC Radio 3
Television is devoting two specially commissioned series to one
of the greatest composers of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Genius of Mozart, a new three part series for BBC TWO
(19 & 26 March, 2 April, 9.00pm), looks at Mozart's extraordinary
short life and revolutionary music through a distinctive mix of
costume drama and documentary.
documentary elements are presented by the charismatic young conductor/broadcaster
Charles Hazlewood as he embarks on a personal journey in
order to gain insight into Mozart's genius and legacy.
programmes present a compelling account of Mozart's musical progression
and his often traumatic life story.
actor Jack Tarlton plays Mozart in this sumptuous drama and
the series stars Kenneth Cranham (Mozart's father), Claire
Skinner (Mozart's sister) and Emma Cunnife (Mozart's
programmes trace an artistic journey and a private life revealed
by central dramatic characters whose letters provide the historically
authenticated backbone of the drama.
ensemble The Mozart Collective perform the music, a crucial
component of all three films.
Root, Controller of BBC TWO, says: "The Genius of Mozart continues
the excellent work of the Classical Music department.
of 2003 included Eroica and the animation Cunning Little Vixen.
hope mixing the drama and music of Mozart's life will bring as wide
an audience as possible to this innovative and engaging series."
BBC FOUR's new three part series Mozart Uncovered
directly follows each of the three drama-documentary programmes
in the BBC TWO series, The Genius of Mozart.
Charles Hazlewood rehearses period ensemble The Mozart Collective
and performs some of the key works featured in the earlier programme.
cutting-edge interactive service helps viewers follow the music
as it is being played.
uses a 'time-line' that is a guide to changes in key and other musical
Once the music has been rehearsed Charles then conducts a complete
performance of the work.
Hazlewood says: "In Mozart's music you can hear every facet
of the human condition and his music holds a tireless fascination
opportunity to pull apart a piece of music in Mozart Uncovered,
a series closely related to my Radio 3 Discovering Music series,
and embark on a journey into Mozart's life and music through The
Genius of Mozart means I can confidently say that there is something
here for everyone."
Complementary programming on
BBC Radio 3
Genius of Mozart - programme synopses
The Genius of Mozart, BBC TWO, 19 March, 26 March, 2 Apri, 9.00pm
Mozart Uncovered, BBC FOUR, 19 March, 26 March, 2 April, 10.00pm
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