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BBC Television broadcasts two new series on Mozart

• Three part drama-documentary, The Genius of Mozart, on BBC TWO

• Three part complementary series, Mozart Uncovered, on BBC FOUR with unique interactive element

• Complementary Mozart programming on BBC Radio 3

BBC Television is devoting two specially commissioned series to one of the greatest composers of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The 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.

Jack Tarlton as Mozart

The 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.

The programmes present a compelling account of Mozart's musical progression and his often traumatic life story.

Young 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 wife).

The programmes trace an artistic journey and a private life revealed by central dramatic characters whose letters provide the historically authenticated backbone of the drama.

Period ensemble The Mozart Collective perform the music, a crucial component of all three films.

Jane Root, Controller of BBC TWO, says: "The Genius of Mozart continues the excellent work of the Classical Music department.

"Highlights of 2003 included Eroica and the animation Cunning Little Vixen.

"I 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.

Conductor Charles Hazlewood rehearses period ensemble The Mozart Collective and performs some of the key works featured in the earlier programme.

A new cutting-edge interactive service helps viewers follow the music as it is being played.

It uses a 'time-line' that is a guide to changes in key and other musical elements.

Charles Hazlewood
Once the music has been rehearsed Charles then conducts a complete performance of the work.

Charles Hazlewood says: "In Mozart's music you can hear every facet of the human condition and his music holds a tireless fascination for me.


"The 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."

Notes to Editors

Complementary programming on BBC Radio 3

The 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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