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Donald Macleod follows the last years of Salieri's life when, sick in body and mind, he confessed to killing Mozart. Donald considers the impact Salieri had on the world of music.

In the final programme, we follow the last years of Salieri's life, when sick in body and mind he confessed to killing Mozart. Donald Macleod discusses whether there is any truth in the rumour, and traces the impact Salieri had on the world of music. The Requiem composed by Salieri, has been specially recorded by the BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra for this programme. It was first heard at Salieri's own funeral, where the entire musical establishment turned out to pay homage to the great man.

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Fri 16 Jul 2010 22:00

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  • Antonio Salieri

    Voi lusingate invano...Misera abbandonata (Palmira, regina di Persia, Act 2 Sc 6 -1795)

    Performer: Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano) Performer: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Performer: Adam Fischer (conductor)

    • Decca 475100-2 Tr 4.
  • Antonio Salieri

    Overture (Falstaff, ossia Le tre burle - 1799)

    Performer: London Mozart Players Performer: Matthias Bamert (director)

    • Chandos CHAN9877 Tr 14.
  • Antonio Salieri

    Requiem (1804)

    Performer: Elizabeth Poole (soprano) Performer: Margaret Cameron (mezzo-soprano) Performer: Christopher Bowen (tenor) Performer: Edward Price (bass) Performer: BBC Singers Performer: BBC Concert Orchestra Performer: David Hill (conductor)

    • BBC Recording.
  • Antonio Salieri

    Piano Concerto in B flat (2nd mvt) - 1773

    Performer: Aldo Ciccolini (piano) Performer: I Solisti Veneti Performer: Claudio Scimone (conductor)

    • Warner Fonit 8573 84439-2 Tr 2.

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