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Thursday 24 Apr 2014

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The Genius Of Mozart – every note he wrote

For the first 12 days of January, BBC Radio 3 is devoting its entire schedule to Mozart, one of the greatest ever composers. From his piano concertos and string quartets to his operas and symphonies, the station will play every note that Mozart wrote, and nothing but.

Listeners to Breakfast on Radio 3 have been invited to vote for their favourite piece of Mozart's music to mark the forthcoming season, The Genius Of Mozart.

As part of the season, a Top 10 of Mozart, chosen by listeners, will be broadcast in the run-up to Christmas and an overall winner will be announced on 24 December as The Nation's Favourite Mozart.

Schedule highlights in January include a special 700th edition of Private Passions featuring former guests discussing their favourite Mozart pieces, an exclusive programme presented by Dame Kiri te Kanawa revealing her most beloved Mozart arias, and a new slot entitled Play Mozart For Me featuring Sara Mohr-Pietsch as the late-night Mozart presenter. This will be broadcast every weekday evening during the season.

Those listening live to Radio 3 online will be able to enjoy Mozart on this platform as never before – in HD sound at

Further highlights include Radio 3's drivetime programme In Tune's A History Of Mozart In A Dozen Objects and Donald Macleod's Mozart – a special series of Composer Of The Week to be broadcast daily.

A newly formatted edition of Discovering Music will explore how Mozart's music reflects the symmetry and proportion of the architecture of the time and will also be available to view on the BBC's Red Button service.

Speech and drama programmes also get a Mozart makeover, including Drama On 3 which will feature Sir Peter Hall's production of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus. First broadcast in 1983, it stars Paul Scofield as Salieri, Simon Callow as Mozart and Felicity Kendal as Constanze and was later adapted into the 1984 film which won best picture at the Academy Awards.

BBC Four gives viewers another chance to enjoy Charles Hazlewood's series Mozart Uncovered and there will also be new programme featuring Mozart highlights from BBC Proms of recent years.

All five of the BBC's orchestras and the BBC Singers will be performing Mozart across the country with a special session from an ensemble made up from members of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales who will be bringing Mozart to commuters in Central Station, Cardiff on 4 January.

Highlights also include live performances of two piano concertos from the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, a concert of Mozart's best-loved chamber music from members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, popular concertos in two live concerts from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and a live lunchtime recital of sacred choral music from the BBC Singers.

The performing groups have also been engaging communities across the country in Mozart through major learning events and exploring his music and how it can still affect people so profoundly today. A series of short documentaries to air on Radio 3 tells the story of these projects.

Roger Wright, Controller of BBC Radio 3 says: "After the groundbreaking success of The Beethoven Experience and A Bach Christmas we're thrilled to announce our all-encompassing Mozart season, building on Radio 3's unchallenged track record in using its whole schedule to celebrate the music of a composer.

"Mozart was a prolific genius, so we hope that new audiences will join Radio 3 and BBC Four on air and online for what promises to be a really entertaining and informative 12 days."

Notes to Editors

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts classical music, jazz, world music, arts programmes and drama.

Last year BBC Radio 3 broadcast over 600 complete concerts and operas from venues and festivals across the UK and beyond.

BBC Radio 3 is the home of the BBC Proms and broadcasts every concert live.

It supports composers, writers and new young performers and last year broadcast over 40 new drama productions.

HD Sound uses improved encoding and higher bit rates to offer the BBC's highest audio quality broadcast to date. It also offers a wider dynamic range, accentuating the difference in volume between quiet and loud sounds.

Schedule Highlights for Genius of Mozart

Saturday 1 January: Celebration

Highlights include live concerts from Vienna and Kings Place, London, and Don Giovanni performed by the Vienna State Opera conducted by Franz Welser-Most.

Sunday 2 January: Wunderkind Day

Highlights include a special edition of Private Passions at 2.30pm with guests discussing their favourite pieces of Mozart, and Amadeus by Peter Shaffer on Drama on 3. Actor Simon Callow will be joining Suzy Klein in Sunday Morning Mozart.

Monday 3 January: Meet the Mozarts

Highlights include Classical Collection with guest Jane Glover – conductor and author of Mozart's Women. The Lunchtime Concert features the Atos Trio performing live from Wigmore Hall.

Tuesday 4 January: Grand Tour Day

Highlights include a lunchtime concert with the BBC Philharmonic and Performance On 3 with special guest Sir Neville Marriner, one of the most prolific and renowned Mozart conductors in the recording age.

Wednesday 5 January: Piano Day

Highlights include a live Choral Evensong live from Eton College chapel as well as pianist Leon McCawley in a Mozart marathon, playing sonatas in Classical Collection, Afternoon On 3, In Tune and Play Mozart For Me.

Thursday 6 January: Salzburg Day

Highlights include a live concert from Kings Place, London, by the Aurora Orchestra conducted by Colin Davis, and Ronald Van Spaendock playing the Clarinet Concerto live from Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Friday 7 January: Escape from Salzburg/Turkish Night

Highlights include an evening of eastern-inspired music including the opera The Abduction From The Seraglio.

Saturday 8 January: Opera Day

Highlights include Dame Kiri te Kanawa's Favourite Mozart Arias as well as a Mozart Opera Matinee – Cosi fan Tutte.

Sunday 9 January: Vienna Day

Highlights include Sunday Morning Mozart with Suzy Klein and a special edition of the Early Music Show with Lucie Skeaping.

Monday 10 January: Mozart The Mason

Highlights include a Lunchtime Concert by the Elias Quartet live from Wigmore Hall and In Tune with conductor Philippe Herreweghe.

Tuesday 11 January: Last Travels & Vienna

Highlights include a Lunchtime Concert with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth with pianist John Lill.

Wednesday 12 January: 1791 Day – Mozart's Last Year

Highlights include Choral Evensong, which is a live liturgical Requiem from New College, Oxford, and live performances from the BBC Singers and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. There's also a full-scale orchestral Mozart Requiem in Performance On 3 performed by the BBC Philharmonic.


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