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Donald Macleod concentrates on the events of 1777, the year Mozart came of age. After dazzling as a child prodigy, his mature genius had begun to flower and he went to Mannheim.

Donald Macleod explores the events of 1777, the year Mozart came of age.

This week, Donald Macleod dips into five key years of Mozart's life, and presents five of his chamber works for solo wind and strings. These works span Mozart's entire career, ranging from his four exquisite flute quartets to the late clarinet quintet - arguably one of the greatest chamber works ever composed.

We begin in 1777, the year Mozart came of age. After a dazzling career as a child prodigy, his mature genius was beginning to flower in works such as the Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat ("Jeunehomme") and the dramatic concert aria "Ah, lo previdi". Increasingly frustrated by the limits of his position in Salzburg, the ambitious young composer set off for Mannheim - with mixed results.

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Mon 10 Nov 2014 18:15

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Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Quartet in D major K.285 for flute and strings

    Performer: Sharon Bezaly. Orchestra: Salzburg Chamber Soloists.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Concerto no. 9 in E flat major K.271 for piano and orchestra

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Jeffrey Tate. Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Ah, lo previdi ... Ah, t'invola - recitative and aria K.272 for soprano and orc

    Conductor: Marko Letonja. Orchestra: Tasmanian S O. Singer: Emma Matthews.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sonata in C major K.309 for piano

    Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar.
    • AVIE.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Oiseaux, si tous les ans - ariette K.307 for voice and piano

    Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Performer: Melvyn Tan.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Concerto no. 9 in E flat major K.271 for piano and orchestra

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Jeffrey Tate. Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Ah, lo previdi ... Ah, t'invola - recitative and aria K.272 for soprano and orc

    Conductor: Marko Letonja. Orchestra: Tasmanian S O. Singer: Emma Matthews.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sonata in C major K.309 for piano

    Performer: Daniel-Ben Pienaar.
    • AVIE.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Quartet in D major K.285 for flute and strings

    Performer: Sharon Bezaly. Orchestra: Salzburg Chamber Soloists.

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