Great Composers: Mozart DVD


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Great Composers: Mozart 
BBC TV Great Composers Series 
Narrated by Kenneth Branagh 
59 min.

The Great Composers series presents the lives and works of seven musical giants from the Baroque era to the twentieth century. It examines the backgrounds, influences and relationships that make these seven composers part of the history of western music. Each composer's life and work is presented through extensive performance sequences, and through interviews with some of today's greatest artists and most respected authorities.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) was the most prodigiously gifted of all Western composers. More than any other composer, it is his mythological biography - from the archetypal "Wunderkind" childhood to his early obscure death - that defines our popular conception of a great composer. This film unravels two hundred years of fiction and myth. The deteriorating relationship Mozart had with his father, and his choice of Constanze for his wife are re-assessed in this film which expertly depicts the intrigue and jealousy that surrounded his life.

Contributors include Charles Rosen, Imogen Cooper, Jonathan Miller, Sir George Solti, Cecilia Bartoli, Sir Colin Davis, Lillian Watson and H.C. Robbins Landon with extracts from Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflote, Cosi fan tutte, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail and Piano Concerto in E Flat.

Music is performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Colin Davis, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Endellion Quartet. Imogen Cooper is the pianist.

1.  Child Prodigy
     Minuet in G, K.1
2.  The Early Years
     J.C. Bach: Grand Overture No. 2, Op. 18
     Symphony No. 1, K.16 -1st movement
3.  Salzburg
     A Major Violin conerto, K.219 - 1st movement
4.  Visit to Paris
     Symphony No. 31, K.297 "Paris" - Finale
5.  Move to Vienna
6.  Opera
     Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, K.384
     Welche Wonne, Welche Lust, Act II
7.  The Piano Concerto
     Piano Concerto No. 2, K.488 - 1st movement
8.  Improvisation
     Piano Concerto No. 2, K488 - 2nd movement
9.  Marriage to Constanze
     Le nozze di Figaro, K.492
10. Baroque Influence
     Suite in the Style of Handel, K.399
     G Major String Quartet, K.387 - Finale
11. Meeting with Haydn
     String Quartet, K.465 "Dissonance" - 1st movement 
12. Italian Opera 
     Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 Overture
     Che soave Zeffiretto, Act III
     Se vuol ballare Act I
     Voi che sapete Act II
13. Don Giovanni
     Don Giovanni, K.527 Overturen
     Finale, Act II
14. Last Three Symphonies
     Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550 - 1st movement
     Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op.125
     Symphony No. 41, K.551 "Jupiter" - Finale
15. Cosi fan tutte
     Cosi fan tutte, K.588, Quintet, Act I
16. The Final Years
     Die Zauberflote, K.620, Der Vogelfanger bin ich ja, Act I
     Clarinet Concerto, K.622 - 2nd movement
17. Credits

Other films in the series:
Puccini #853134
Bach # 853135
Beethoven #853136
Tchaikovsky #853137
Wagner #853138
Mahler #853139


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