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Donald Macleod explores the aftermath of the death of Mozart's father, Leopold, in 1787. Including an excerpt from the 1787 Prague version of Don Giovanni.

Donald Macleod explores the aftermath of the death of Mozart's father, Leopold, in 1787.

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.

1787 saw Mozart visit Prague for the first time, where he was received with both a rapturous welcome and a new operatic commission - Don Giovanni. Yet amongst the year's tremendous success, he suffered the loss of the most influential figure in his life, his father Leopold. Donald Macleod introduces two perennial favourites, "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" and the "Catalogue" Aria from Don Giovanni, as well as Mozart's exquisite Flute Quartet no.4.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Kanon (Lieber Freistadtler, lieber Gaulimauli) in G major K.232 for voices

    Choir: Chorus Viennensis. Conductor: Uwe Christian Harrer.
    • PHILIPS : 422-775-2.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Kanon (Lieber Freistadtler, lieber Gaulimauli) in G major K.232 for voices

    Choir: Chorus Viennensis. Conductor: Uwe Christian Harrer.
    • PHILIPS : 422-775-2.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenade in G major K.525 (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik)

    Performer: Roy Goodman. Orchestra: The Hanover Band.
    • NIMBUS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenade in G major K.525 (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik)

    Performer: Roy Goodman. Orchestra: The Hanover Band.
    • NIMBUS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Quartet in A major K.298 for flute and strings

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

    Quartet in A major K.298 for flute and strings

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

    Abendempfindung (Abend ist's) K.523 for voice and piano

    Singer: Andreas Scholl. Performer: Tamar Halperin.
    • DECCA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Abendempfindung (Abend ist's) K.523 for voice and piano

    Singer: Andreas Scholl. Performer: Tamar Halperin.
    • DECCA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Don Giovanni - opera in 2 acts K.527 - Madamina, il catalogo e questo

    Orchestra: Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra. Singer: Ildebrando d' Arcangelo. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • DG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Don Giovanni - opera in 2 acts K.527 - Madamina, il catalogo e questo

    Orchestra: Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra. Singer: Ildebrando d' Arcangelo. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • DG.

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