Mozart and the Opera with Matt Aucoin: The Last Year

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

The movie "Amadeus" depicts – not altogether accurately – the sad end to Mozart’s short life and how his Requiem captured his suffering in music. But if you look at the other works Mozart completed in his last year, you start to see another side to the story. Mozart never let his personal grief or physical pain affect his compositions; he could write music that suited the subject. Mozart was, in this regard, a chameleon.

On this program, conductor and composer Matt Aucoin takes a closer listen to the works from the last year of Mozart’s life. We hear a section from his Requiem, but also the spry, playful moments from The Magic Flute and the sublime Clarinet Concerto. Aucoin shows that Mozart in his final months is a much more complicated figure than most people believe.

Playlist

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La clemenza di Tito, K. 621: Overture

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Nicholas McGegan, Conductor

Conifer 55031

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La clemenza di Tito K. 621: 'Parto, parto, ma tu ben mi

Teresa Berganza, mezzo

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir John Pritchard, Conductor

Decca 289 467 905-2

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: La clemenza di Tito K. 621: “Deh, per quest’istante solo”

Bernarda Fink, Mezzo Soprano

Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

René Jacobs, Conductor

Harmonia Mundi 901923

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem Mass in D Minor, K. 626

Sequentia: Recordare; Confutatis maledictis; Lacrimosa

Les Arts Florissants

Nathalie Stutzmann, Alto; Anna Maria Panzarella, Soprano; Christoph Prégardien, Tenor; Nathan Berg, Bass

William Christie, Conductor

Erato 10697

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622

Martin Frost, clarinet

Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Peter Oundjian, Conductor

Bis 1263

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflote, K. 620: “Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schon”

Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus

Nicolai Gedda, Tenor

Otto Klemperer, Conductor

Emi Classics 66793

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflote, K. 620: “Der Vogelfanger bin ich ja”

Walter Berry, Bass Baritone

Otto Klemperer, Conductor

Emi Classics 66793

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflote, K. 620: “Ach, ich fuhl's, es ist verschwunden”

Gundula Janowitz, Soprano

Otto Klemperer, Conductor

Emi Classics 66793

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflote, K. 620: “O Isis und Osiris”

Gottlob Frick, Bass

Otto Klemperer, Conductor

Emi Classics 66793

 

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Mozart is arguably the most admired and most adapted composer in the history of Western music. He has the most recordings (nearly 10,000 in print and has been referenced endlessly in popular culture. His life has been filtered through many theories of genius and creativity – some plausible, others outlandish. Unlike many composers, Mozart has never gone out of fashion, in part because his music has come to stand for so many aspects of classical music. Throughout November, WQXR celebrates Mozart's work through concert broadcasts, multimedia projects, marathons and other features.

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