The Genius of Mozart - Guide to the highlights
Salzburg - the city of Mozart's birth
Radio 3's The Genius of Mozart begins on January 1 - twelve days of Mozart's music and complementary speech programming. If you're wondering how the season will be structured, here's a preview of some of the detailed programming in my own personal collection of highlights. Full details appear on the Radio 3 daily schedule pages. Programme details are, of course, subject to change.
DAY 1: Petroc Trelawny raises the curtain on Radio 3's 12-day celebration, The Genius of Mozart. Today's highlights include the popular Piano Concerto No.21 ('Elvira Madigan') and the exuberant soprano solo work, Exsultate Jubilate, in a live concert from King's Place. You can also hear Mozart's 'Prague' Symphony, then stop off at Petroc's Cafe Mozart (live from Vienna), before settling in to a complete performance of the opera Don Giovanni (premiered in Prague), finishing off the day with a performance of Mozart's 'Musical Joke' (The Genius of Mozart, 915pm).
DAY 2 is 'Wunderkind Day', celebrating Mozart's precocious genius as a composer and performer. His not-even-teenage opera, La Finta Semplice, (written at the age of 12) is perfomed Through the Night, and a highlight of Breakfast with Martin Handley will be a performance of the the beautiful and haunting Clarinet Concerto; speech highlights today include an interview with actor Simon Callow in Sunday Morning, Part 1 of A History of Mozart in a Dozen Objects, and a Drama on 3 performance of Peter Schaffer's play Amadeus, about the composer's fraught relationship with court composer Antonio Salieri - was there really a murder plot?
DAY 3: Meet the Mozarts Day features music associated with the Mozart family and its social circle. Highlights include piano trios live from Wigmore Hall at lunchtime, and the Clarinet Quintet and Concerto for two pianos with former Radio 3 New Generation Artists in Afternoon on 3; nightowls will welcome the first in a series of 'Play Mozart for Me', Sara Mohr-Pietsch's late evening selections, beginning at 10pm.
DAY 4: Grand Tour Day explores Mozart's ten years on the road, performing and composing for cities all across Europe. The day begins early with one of Mozart's opere serie - Mitridate, re di Ponto, in Through the Night; a live lunchtime piano event comes from Studio 7 in Manchester, with a sonata and the Concerto in G; another early opera, Lucio Silla, can be heard in Afternon on 3 and the authentic performance specialist conductor Roger Norrington is Sean Rafferty's guest in In Tune.
DAY 5: Mozart and his sister Nannerl were virtuoso pianists: Piano Day celebrates the breadth and depth of Mozart's piano writing with performances and live studio guests from the cream of the world's pianists, including Steven Osborne, performing the Piano Concerto No.13 live from Studio 7 in Manchester; a packed Afternoon on 3 features performances by Shai Wosner, Jean-Philippe Collard, and Leon McCawley who is live in the studio, appearing again later on In Tune with Mitsuko Uchida. Choral Evensong from Eton College Chapel includes Mozart's Solemn Vespers.
DAY 6: Salzburg Day celebrates Mozart's work in his home town, and explores the mutual disillusion leading to his departure for Vienna. Classical Collection features the Mass in C minor, written in thanksgiving for the recovery from illness of Mozart's wife Constanze, and premiered in Salzburg; former New Generation Artist Ronald van Spaendonck performs the Clarinet Concerto, live form Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff; Sean Rafferty's guests on In Tune are the baritone Thomas Allen and scholar, keyboard player and conductor Ton Koopman; and eminent Mozartian Sir Colin Davis conducts the Aurora Orchestra in some soprano arias, the Violin Concerto No 5 and the Symphony No 36, 'Linz'.
Vienna's Cafe Mozart
DAY 7: Escape from Salzburg/Turkish Night marks Mozart's falling out with his patron Archbishop Colloredo, and his head-on encounter with Orientalism, on reaching Vienna. Highlights include the 'Dissonance' String Quartet in Classical Collection; Shai Wosner performs the Piano Concerto No 22, recorded live at Manchester's Studio 7 (Lunchtime Concert), while Afternoon on 3 presents a wealth of Mozart's chamber music. And the Oriental theme emerges strongly in the evening, with a complete performance of the comic opera, The Abduction from the Seraglio.
DAY 8: Opera Day focusses on Mozart's ground-breaking operas, beginning in Through the Nght with Thanos, Konig in Agypten; a morning highlight is Kiri Te Kanawa's favouite Mozart arias, and in the afternoon, Dame Kiri returns as a studio guest, with Thomas Allen, for Colin Davis's Royal Opera recording of Cosi fan Tutte. And in Mozart and Metastasio, the Early Music Show's Lucie Skeaping explores the impact of the librettist's impact on 18th century opera, and on Mozart, for whom he provided three opera texts. The evening highlight is complete performances of the great operas, Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) and Idomeneo.
DAY 9: Vienna Day explores the different kinds of music Mozart composed when, between 1784 and 1786, he was the darling of Vienna society. The Lunchtime Concert features tenor arias sung by Ben Johnson, and the Early Music Show looks at Mozart's interest in Baroque music, and the transcriptions he made from what he heard and read in old scores. Discovering Music focusses on the popular serenade, Eine kleine Nachtmusik; the performance, specially recorded and filmed at Clandon House, is also available on the website as a video. 'Herr Mozart presents ...' includes the Symphony No 31 'Paris' and the Piano Concerto in C, K415.
DAY 10: Mozart the Mason looks at the influence of Viennese Freemasonry on the composer's music. In Classical Collection, James Jolly introduces the formal elegance of the serenade, 'Gran Partita', followed by Donald Macleod who explores Mozart's Masonic Funeral Music in his 11-part Composer series on Mozart. Louise Fryer's Afternoon on 3 guests are conductor Philippe Herreweghe and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, and opera director David McVicar joins Petroc Trelawny for the evening performance of Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute).
DAY 11: Accurate biographical details of Mozart's life dried up for the period 1788-1790: 'Last Travels' explores these years. Conductor Jeffrey Tate is James Jolly's guest in Classical Collection at 10am, and you won't want to miss the BBC Concert Orchestra's live recording of the Piano Concerto in D minor, K466 with John Lill (piano), conduced by Barry Wordsworth, in the Lunchtime concert slot. In Afternoon on 3 you can hear BBC recordings of the 'Prussian' Quartet and the Quintet in D, K593. In Tune with Sean Rafferty at 5 includes live performances of a Mozart Trio and Duo; Performance on 3 includes the 'Coronation' Piano Concerto, K537, and the Symphony No.41, 'Jupiter'.
DAY 12: 1791 is the year of Mozart's death - he was at the height of his powers. The BBC Singers offer a mouthwatering selection of choral works, live from St Paul's Knightsbridge, at lunchtime. Maxim Vengerov and Lawrence Power are the superb soloists in the Sinfonia Concertante (Afternoon on 3), while the first of two performances of the Requiem comes from New College, Oxford at 4pm in the Choral Evensong slot. The second is in Performance on 3 at 7pm.