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Mozart: An Inspiration

Texts and music focusing on the writers inspired by Mozart, with readings by Michael Pennington and Olivia Williams. Includes Eduard Morike, Sara Teasdale, Hardy, Goethe and Mozart.

Mozart's genius has inspired many artists to comment on his musical creativity. This edition of Words & Music focuses on the writers inspired by Mozart to a new creativity of their own. Michael Pennington and Olivia Williams read from authors including Eduard Morike, Sara Teasdale, Hardy, Goethe, and Wallace Stevens, accompanied by some of Mozart's finest music.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 2 Jan 2011 22:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:00

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony no.25 in G minor, K.183, 1st mvt

    Performer: conductor Alexander Schneider

    • COE Records CDCOE 810 Tr. 1.
  • Schuman, translator Henry Pleasants

    Writings, Reader Michael Pennington

  • WH Auden

    Metalogue to the Magic Flute, excerpt, Reader Michael Pennington

  • 00:02

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Divertimento in B flat, K.186, 1st mvt

    Performer: Ensemble Zefiro

    • Astree E 8573 Tr. 6.
  • 00:03

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Die Zauberflote, overture

    Performer: Mahler Chamber Orchestra, conductor Claudio Abbado

    • DG 477 5789 CD 1 Tr. 1.
  • Hardy

    Lines to a Movement in Mozart’s E flat symphony Reader Olivia Williams

  • 00:09

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony no.39, K.543, Menuetto

    Performer: Academy of St Martin in the Fields, conductor Neville Marriner

    • Philips 422 611 2 CD 5 Tr. 8.
  • Goethe trans. Ellen Frothingham

    Hermann und Dorothea – from Terpsichore, reader Michael Pennington

  • 00:15

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Dies bildnis ist bezaubernd schon from Die Zauberflote

    Performer: Tamino…Christoph Strehl (tenor), Mahler Chamber Orchestra, conductor Claudio Abbado

    • DG 477 5789 CD 1 Tr. 5.
  • 00:19

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sinfonia Concertante for violin & viola: Andante

    Performer: violin/director Maxim Vengerov (violin/director), Lawrence Power (viola), Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra

    • EMI 378374 2 Tr. 2.
  • Stephanie Cowell

    Marrying Mozart, reader Olivia Williams

  • 00:22

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail - March

    Performer: Les Arts Florissants, conductor William Christie

    • Erato 3984 25490 2 CD 1 Tr. 9.
  • 00:23

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Sonata in F, K 377, Menuetto

    Performer: Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin), Alexander Lonquich (piano)

    • EMI CDC 749712 2 Tr. 17.
  • Sara Teasdale

    A Minuet of Mozart’s, reader Olivia Williams

  • 00:29

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Fantasia in D minor

    Performer: Igo Pogorelich (piano)

    • DG 437 763 2 Tr. 1.
  • Wallace Stevens

    Mozart, 1935, reader Michael Pennington

  • Lorenzo Da Ponte edited and annotated by Arthur Livingston

    Memoirs of Lorenzo Da Ponte, reader Michael Pennington

  • 00:37

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Nozze di Figaro overture

    Performer: Orchestra of the Florence Maggio Musicale, conductor Zubin Mehta

    • Sony S3K 53286 CD 1 tr. 1.
  • Mary Shelley

    The Last Man. Vol 1, reader Olivia Williams

  • 00:42

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Nozze di Figaro: Porgi amor, Act 2

    Performer: Countess….Charlotte Margiono (soprano), Royal Concertgebouw, conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt

    • Teldec 4509 90861 2 CD 1 Tr. 21.
  • 00:46

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Masonic funeral music

    Performer: Prague Chamber Orchestra, conductor Pavel Kuhn

    • Supraphon 11 2155 2 Tr. 7.
  • Pushkin translator Anthony Wood

    Mozart & Salieri (from The Little Tragedies), reader Michael Pennington

  • 00:47

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Requiem Dies Irae

    Performer: Swedish Radio Choir, Berlin Philharmonic, conductor Claudio Abbado

    • DG 463 181 2 Tr. 3.
  • Oscar Wilde

    Sonnet (after hearing the ‘Dies irae’ from the Requiem), reader Olivia Williams

  • 00:49

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony no.38 'Prague', 1st mvt

    Performer: Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, conductor Christian Zacharias

    • MDG 340 0967 2 Tr. 1.
  • Morike trans. David Luke

    Mozart’s Journey to Prague, reader Michael Pennington

  • 00:54

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Don Giovanni: Finale, excerpt

    Performer: Commendatore…..Matti Salminen, Don Giovanni……Feruccio Furlanetto, Berlin Philharmonic, conductor Daniel Barenboim

    • Erato 2292 45588 2 CD 3 Tr. 9.
  • Kierkegaard translator Alistair Hannay

    Either/Or reader Michael Pennington

  • 00:57

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenade for 13 wind instruments 'Gran Partita', Adagio

    Performer: London Winds, director Michael Collins

    • Onyx 4012 Tr. 3.


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