Mozart for the Most Part

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: His name alone evokes musical thoughts. There's 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. And while you can still catch the namesake festival until August 25, 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 may have competed with J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor as the epitome of classical masses. This version is sung by the Winchester Cathedral Choir and the Winchester College Quiristers alongside the Academy of Ancient Music. The Winchester College Choristers have had a longstanding choral tradition for nearly six-hundred years. 

We're showcasing Mozart's sacred works, pieces you'll hear in both church and concert hall, always defying limitations!



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 Choristers and The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood
Kyrie and Gloria

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 [4]

Archimides Sanchez from Boston MA

Monday, 21 Aug 2012
Dear Mr. Title
What a great find! Your Choral program is truly inspirational.
It is wonderful to sing along (mentally) to works I have
performed, except the Haydn.
Thank you a lovely evening of Choral Music.

Aug. 21 2012 08:04 PM
Michael from New York

What a deep fulfilling listen!

Aug. 13 2012 12:03 AM
Burton Bradley from Wyoming

Sublime. Thank you Kent Tritle. I hesitate to pick one piece over the others, but the Vespers, which I have never heard matches the beauty of Yellowstone National Park, my backyard.

Aug. 12 2012 10:58 PM
Rosanna from NYC

Thanks to Kent Tritle for today's sacred works by Mozart. Glorious! Since he asked for listeners' favorites, I'm submitting the sublime Regina Coeli, K. 276. This work seems to be rarely performed or recorded, alas. WQXR never seems to select it, but sometimes plays the longer K. 127 piece.

Aug. 12 2012 07:20 PM

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