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Mozart Compilation

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 02 January 2011

In honour of Radio 3's New Year celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Michael Berkeley delves into the Private Passions archive to recall distinguished former guests who chose Mozart among their greatest enthusiasms. The late crime writer Michael Dibdin kicks off with Mozart's String Quartet in G, K387; then comes opera director Graham Vick, who was hard-pressed to narrow his Mozart choices down, but who eventually settled on a scene towards the end of 'The Magic Flute' . Psychologist and novelist Salley Vickers selected the slow movement of the Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K491; while actor Lenny Henry, political commentator Jonathan Dimbleby and Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo all had different reasons for choosing the opening movement of the Piano Sonata in A, K331. Two recent award-winning writers, Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson, and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa, both selected extracts from Mozart's darkest and perhaps most psychologically disturbing opera, 'Don Giovanni'; while actor Simon Callow recalls his stage triumph as Mozart in Peter Shaffer's 'Amadeus', with the Adagio from the Serenade in B flat, K361, played to spine-tingling effect at the pivotal point of the drama. Finally, actor Fiona Shaw chooses the opening chorus of Mozart's last, unfinished work, the Requiem.

Music Played

8 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet in G, K387 (finale)

    Performers: Quatuor Mosaïques

    Mozart vol 1, ASTREE E 8746

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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Die Zauberflöte (Act II, scene 8)

    Performers: Evelyn Lear (Pamina), Fritz Wunderlich (Tamino), James King and Marrti Talvela (Armed Men), Berlin PO/Karl Böhm

    Mozart Die Zauberflöte, DG 449 749-2

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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor, K491 (2nd movement, Larghetto)

    Performers: Solomon (piano), Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert Menges

    Mozart, EMI CDH 763707-2

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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Sonata in A K331 (1st movement: Andante grazioso - theme only)

    Performers: Mitsuko Uchida (piano)

    Mozart, PHILIPS 468 359-2

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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Là ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni Act 1, scene 3)

    Performers: Graziella Sciutti (Zerlina), Eberhard Waechter (Don Giovanni), Philharmonia Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini

    Mozart Don Giovanni, EMI 7243 5 56232 2

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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart The appearance of the statue from Don Giovanni (from the Finale to Act 2)

    Performers: Gottlob Frick (The Statue), Eberhard Waechter (Don Giovanni), Giuseppe Taddei (Leporello), Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus/Carlo Maria Giulini

    Mozart Don Giovanni, EMI 7243 5 56232-2

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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Adagio (Serenade in B flat K 361)

    Performers: London Mozart Players Wind Ensemble/Jane Glover

    Mozart, NOVELLO NVLCD 103

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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Opening chorus of the Requiem, K626

    Performers: Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner

    Mozart Requiem, PHILIPS 420 197-2

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