Mozart and the Opera with Matt Aucoin

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart said throughout his life that opera was his true calling. Some of his greatest works and most memorable melodies were written for operas like The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. Part of Mozart’s operatic greatness rested with his uncanny ability to create whole words of distinct characters, each portrayed with enough detail, care and sympathy to make them feel very real.

On this first of four one-hour programs on Mozart and the Opera, conductor and composer Matt Aucoin takes a closer look at the composer’s gift for covering a wide emotional range. Aucoin surveys the landscape with arias from The Marriage of Figaro as well as an ensemble from Idomeneo. We also hear echoes of Mozart’s genius for opera in selections from his piano concertos.


Playlist
 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492: Overture
Sir Georg Solti, conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
EMI 410 150-2
 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492: Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro
Herbert von Karajan, conductor
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, soprano
EMI 3802732
 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492: Dove sono
Sir Georg Solti, conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano
Angel/EMI 57231
 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492: Voi che sapete
Sir Georg Solti, conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano
EMI 410 150-2
 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo, K. 366 Quartet 'Andrò ramingo e solo'
James Levine, conductor
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Placido Domingo, tenor
Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano
Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano
Carol Vaness, soprano
DG 447 737
 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492: Sextet 'Riconosci in questo amplesso' (Act III)
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
Rodney Gilfry, Baritone; Susan McCulloch, Soprano; Carlos Feller, Bass; Bryn Terfel, Bass Baritone; Francis Egerton, Tenor; Alison Hagley, Soprano
English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Archiv Produktion (Dg) 439871  
 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K. 467
Mitsuko Uchida, conductor
Mitsuko Uchida, piano
Cleveland Orchestra
Decca 001718102
 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K488
Mitsuko Uchida, conductor
Mitsuko Uchida, piano
Cleveland Orchestra
Decca 13276-02
 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492: Act IV Finale “Pace, pace…”
Sir Georg Solti, conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
EMI 410 150-2

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Fred from Queens

These music appreciation programs have become wearisome. How about less talk and playing pieces in their entirety? WQXR, broaden your playlist and programming if you really want to educate and entertain your listeners.

Nov. 17 2013 11:08 PM

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