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Mozart was an ardent freemason, as were several of his friends. Freemasonry suited his philosophical ideals, his liberal outlook and his sociable nature. Donald Macleod investigates the influence of freemasonry on Mozart's music in The Magic Flute and the cantata Die Maurerfreude (The Mason's Joy). Haydn, a fellow freemason, was the inspiration for a set of six string quartets, including The Dissonance, K465.

Playlist:

Der Holle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (Die Zauberflote)
Queen of the Night ...... Natalie Dessay (soprano)
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie (director)
Erato 0630-12705-2
CD2 Track 6

Die Zauberflote (Sc 29)
Papageno ...... Anton Scharinger (baritone)
Papagena ...... Linda Kitchen (soprano)
Monostatos ...... Steven Cole (tenor)
Three Ladies ...... Anna-Maria Panzarella, Doris Lamprecht, Delphine Haidan (sopranos and mezzo)
Sarastro ...... Reinhard Hagen (bass)
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie (director)
Erato 0630-12705-2
CD2 tracks 21 to 24

Die Maurerfreude
Werner Krenn (tenor)
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Istvan Kertsz (conductor)
Decca 425 722-2
CD1 track 5

String Quartet in C, K465 (Dissonance)
Budapest String Quartet
Sony Classical SM2K 47219
CD2 tracks 9-12

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Thu 6 Dec 2007 20:45

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