Mozart for the Most Part

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: His name alone evokes fanciful thoughts. Mozart, the legend and mythical personality; Mozart, the child prodigy: the musical genius. Mozart,the prodigious talent with an eye on the divine. A truly revolutionary character in musical history. While the namesake festival is still months off, it's Mostly Mozart today on the Choral Mix.

Some highlights include our favorite movements from Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, a work not as well known as his Requiem, but still very enriching.

We'll also hear the Kyrie and Gloria from Mozart’s Mass in C minor. Had Mozart completed his Mass, it would have competed with J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor as the epitome of classical masses.

We're showcasing his sacred works but you'll hear these in both church and concert hall, always defying limitation!


Mostly Mozart Playlist

Mozart/Vespers/King’s College Cambridge, The Hilliard Ensemble and Cambridge Classical Players, Stephen Cleobury
Dixit Dominus
Laudate Dominum

Mozart/Mass in C minor/Winchester Cathedral Choir and Winchester College Quiristers and The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood
Kyrie and Gloria

Mozart/Coronation Mass/ The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman

Mozart/Coronation Mass/ The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman
Agnus Dei

Mozart/Requiem/Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner

Michael Haydn/Requiem/Choir of the King’s Consort, The King’s Consort, Robert King

Comments [7]

Fletcher from Westchester NY

One remarks with satisfaction that in the Coronation, the entire life of Christ, incarnation to resurrection, is rendered by the quartet. Poser: Is Mozart the most beautiful classical composer for the quartet? An episode of Choral Mix solely devoted to a composer throwdown would help determine.

Feb. 05 2012 02:49 PM
Michael Meltzer

Just to put in a note in Mozart's defense, I think if you gave a class full of theory students an exercise of writing a choral movement in a minor key using late 18th century harmony and going heavy on fourth species counterpoint, they would all come out sounding something like those two requiem movements and no one would be plagiarizing anything.
Not guilty!!

Jan. 24 2012 10:38 AM
Carole from brooklyn, ny

I loved your placement of the Haydn piece at the very end, to underscore just how much Mozart truly took from a piece that most of us had never heard of! It was mind-blowing to hear how many similarities there were between the 2 requiem settings! I was always used to the idea that great composers like Handel "steal" (borrow?) from themselves, but am not accustomed to this sort of quasi-"plagiarizing" by the transcendent Mozart! Truly eye-opening -- and you certainly left us some fascinating food for thought!

Keep up the great work with your wonderful program (I wish it could be two hours instead of just one!). You are a treasure who is greatly valued much appreciated!

Jan. 23 2012 09:12 PM
Stephen J. Herschkorn from Highland Park, NJ

Thanks for playing the Michael Haydn Requiem, Kent. I had never heard that before. Mozart really did steal from that, didn't he?

Jan. 23 2012 12:16 AM
gg from Syosset NY

So very beautiful. Wow

Jan. 22 2012 11:46 PM
Mike from New Jersey

My favorite piece by Mozart is the Jupiter.

Jan. 22 2012 02:25 PM
Gary Ekman from Manhattan NYC

Mozart's magnificent Coronation Mass playing as the sun rises over Manhattan. What could be more inspiring.

Jan. 22 2012 08:01 AM

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