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Donald Macleod introduces the events of Mozart's life in 1789, a year of financial turmoil, and his chamber masterpiece, the Clarinet Quintet.

Donald Macleod introduces the events of Mozart's life in 1789, a year of financial turmoil, and his chamber masterpiece, the Clarinet Quintet.

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.

Donald Macleod ends his survey of Mozart's works for solo wind and strings with one of his last, the Clarinet Quintet in A. The year it was composed, 1789, saw Mozart spiral increasingly into debt, even as his marriage to Constanze found itself under the strain of jealousy and infidelity.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 14 Nov 2014 18:30

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Caro mio Druck und Schluck K.571a for 4 voices and optional pf. acc.

    Singer: Erika Köth. Singer: Hermann Prey. Singer: Peter Schreier.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Caro mio Druck und Schluck K.571a for 4 voices and optional pf. acc.

    Singer: Erika Köth. Singer: Hermann Prey. Singer: Peter Schreier.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sonata in B flat major K.570 for piano

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Eine Kleine Gigue K.574 for piano

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Eine Kleine Gigue K.574 for piano

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sonata in B flat major K.570 for piano

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Quintet in A major K.581 for clarinet and strings

    Ensemble: Vertavo Quartet. Performer: Martin Fröst.
    • BIS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Quintet in A major K.581 for clarinet and strings

    Ensemble: Vertavo Quartet. Performer: Martin Fröst.
    • BIS.

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