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Mozart and Metastasio

Catherine Bott focuses on Italian poet, librettist and moralist Pietro Trapassi, or Metastasio, through Mozart's four settings of, or adaptations of his texts, such as Lucio Silla.

As part of the "Genius of Mozart" season, Catherine Bott presents a programme focusing on the Italian poet, librettist and moralist Pietro Trapassi, aka Metastasio, through Mozart's four settings of his texts. Two of these texts, 'Il sogno di Scipione' and 'Lucio Silla' (written by Giovanni de Gamerra and adapted by Metastasio), were written in 1771 when Mozart was still only 16, in between trips to Italy. Metastasio wrote his text 'Il re Pastore' in 1751, and it had been set 14 times before Mozart chose it. The fourth of Mozart's settings turned out to be one of his final works, 'La Clemenza di Tito', written in the summer of 1791; twelve weeks after the first performance Mozart was dead. Catherine Bott reflects on the settings of these texts and plays music from each of the four works.

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Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Chorus: Serbate, o Dei custodi (from 'La Clemenza di Tito')

    Performers: The Academy of Ancient Music Orchestra & Chorus, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

    • L’OISEAU-LYRE.
    • 444 131-2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Aria no 7: Quercia annosa su l'erte pendici (Publio)(from 'Il Sogno di Scipione')

    Performers: Charles Workman (tenor), Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Gottfried von der Goltz (conductor)

    • ASTREE NAÏVE.
    • E8813.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Aria no 9: Biancheggia in mar lo scoglio (Costanza) (from 'Il Sogno di Scipione')

    Performers: Malin Hartelius (soprano), Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Gottfried von der Goltz (conductor)

    • ASTREE NAÏVE.
    • E8813.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Terzetto: "Quell' orgoglioso sdegno" (from 'Lucio Silla')

    Performers: Peter Schreier (tenor), Edita Gruberova (soprano), Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano), Vienna Concentus Musicus, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

    • TELDEC.
    • 2292 44928-2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Recit & aria no 5: "Agenore? T'arresta" & "Per me rispondete" (from 'Il re pastore')

    Performers: Inga Nielsen (soprano), Markus Schäfer (tenor), Vienna Concentus Musicus, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

    • TELDEC.
    • 4509-98419-2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    No 10: Rondeaux: "L'amero, saro costante" (from 'Il re pastore')

    Performers: Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Vienna Concentus Musicus, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

    • TELDEC.
    • 4509-98419-2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Trio: Vengo! Aspettate! (from 'La Clemenza di Tito')

    Performers: Della Jones (mezzo-soprano), Gilles Cachemaille (bass-baritone), Diana Montague (mezzo-soprano), The Academy of Ancient Music Orchestra & Chorus, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

    • L’OISEAU-LYRE.
    • 444 131-2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Basset horn obbligato Rondo: "Non piu di fiori vaghe catene" (from 'La Clemenza di Tito')

    Performers: Della Jones (mezzo-soprano), The Academy of Ancient Music Orchestra & Chorus, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

    • L’OISEAU-LYRE.
    • 444 131-2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Quintet & chorus: "Deh conservate, o Dei" (from 'La Clemenza di Tito')

    Performers: Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano), Diana Montague (mezzo-soprano), Barbara Bonney (soprano), Gilles Cachemaille (bass-baritone), Della Jones (mezzo-soprano), The Academy of Ancient Music Orchestra & Chorus, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

    • L’OISEAU-LYRE.
    • 444 131-2.

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