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 Favourite Mozart
Author: marcia 
Date:   2006-01-28 20:31

Have just listened to last hour of the Mozart countdown on CBC, Canada's national radio station. It was all about the Canadian's 30 favourite Mozart compositions. The #1 choice was the adagio from--our concerto!! The recording played was by Sabine Myer. What good taste we Canadians have.

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 Re: Favourite Mozart
Author: David Peacham 
Date:   2006-01-28 20:41

But what are really the greatest moments in Mozart (I know, I know, greatest moments is a bad idea....)

The counterpoint near the end of the "Jupiter" symphony?

The slow movement from the Grand Partita?

The graveyard scene in Don Giovanni?

Zauberfloete (all of it)?

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 Re: Favourite Mozart
Author: EEBaum 
Date:   2006-01-28 22:48

K491 (piano concerto 24), first movement

-Alex
www.mostlydifferent.com

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 Re: Favourite Mozart
Author: Bnewbs 
Date:   2006-01-28 22:57

I'm not a fan of most Mozart, it usually puts me to sleep. Most of his pieces feel like a forced smile, certainly not as genuinely emotional as most of the 19th and early 20th century composers (Beethoven, Brahms, Mussorgsky ect.). That having been said I do like the C minor Serenade, Symphony #40 and the Requiem.

Ben

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 Re: Favourite Mozart
Author: Grant 
Date:   2006-01-28 23:27

The Queen of the Night Aria any Papageno music.
The minuet from the g-minor symphony.The first movement of the Clarinet concerto.
The vocal ensembles in all the operas an lots more.

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 Re: Favourite Mozart
Author: bcl1dso 
Date:   2006-01-28 23:31

Amen to Gran Partita omg DSO chamber winds best recording ever

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 Re: Favourite Mozart
Author: tictactux 2017
Date:   2006-01-28 23:38

I did like Mozart. Till this year. When you switch the telly on - Mozart. When you unfold a newspaper - Mozart. Google? Mozart. Radio airs Mozart. Your music shop features Mozart in the windows. The travel agent recommends Salzburg this year.

I now am afraid of opening a can of beans...

--
Ben

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 Re: Favourite Mozart
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2006-01-28 23:46

I know the feeling - I'm not a huge Mozart fan, now my patience has been tested!

His music is alright in small doses, but this is just overkill.

I just caught Cecilia Bartoli singng 'Exultate Jubilate' on telly while flicking through channels during adverts, and her voice goes right through me anyway - even more so with this (her vibrato is like a road drill to me). Fortunately the 100 greatest pop videos is on the other channel, so David Bowie's 'Ashes To Ashes' video saved the day.

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 Re: Favourite Mozart
Author: GBK 
Date:   2006-01-29 01:20

Laudate Dominum (soprano solo with chorus) from Vesperae Solemnes De Confessore, K.339

If that piece doesn't bring tears - you have no soul [wink]

If you don't know the work, you can listen to the first 60 seconds to get a quick sample.

Disc 3 / Track 5

http://shopping.yahoo.com/p:Mozart%3A%20Litanies%2C%20Vespers%2C%20Etc.:1921588063;_ylt=AqFvXSfrAG6Go8Rv_xSJwd4bFt0A;_ylu=X3oDMTBic2hxMGNhBGx0AzQEc2VjA3Ny?clink=dmps/mozart_vespers/ctx=mid:2,pid:1921588063,pdid:2,pos:5,spc:14489115,date:20060128,srch:kw,x:

...GBK

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 Re: Favourite Mozart
Author: larryb 
Date:   2006-01-29 02:43

"Canzonetta su l'aria" from Figaro



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 Re: Favourite Mozart
Author: Katrina 
Date:   2006-01-29 04:53

I love the opening of Sym #29.

I love the D minor Piano Concerto.

I love Magic Flute. It's just soo much fun!

I'm learning to tolerate listening to the Clarinet Concerto...Too much personal stress there with auditions and all to really enjoy it per se.

Katrina

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 Re: Favourite Mozart
Author: ElBlufer 
Date:   2006-01-29 05:56

My favorite piece of his is k. 581: The clarinet quintet in A major.

My Setup:
R13 Clarinet (Ridenour Lyrique as my backup/marching instrument)
Walter Grabner K11 mouthpiece
Rico Reserve 3.5's
Bonade ligature

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 Re: Favourite Mozart
Author: Pathik 
Date:   2006-01-29 07:45

I am an absolute Mozart fanatic, I love all his music, and my favourite of his works is the clarinet concerto (what a surprise), played on basset clarinet. Favourite recording of it has to be the one by Antony Pay. Sabine Meyer is also excellent.

If you really want to get to know Mozart, other than through his music, I recommend the book "Mozart's letters, Mozart's life", edited and translated into English by Robert Spaethling. It's truly moving, very interesting and absolutely hilarious. Not only was Mozart a genius musician/composer, but even as a writer of letters, he's utterly incomparable!



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 Re: Favourite Mozart
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2006-01-29 12:38

GBK, I do like 'Laudate Dominum' - kinda on par with Vivaldi's 'Nulla In Mundo Pax Sincera' (is that right? I never did well at Latin) - but I do prefer the Baroque era to the Classical era, and then from Beethoven onwards.

But the Romance form the Serenade in Bb (Gran Partita) is probably my favourite movement in that, especially the middle section where the bassets give it welly.

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 Re: Favourite Mozart
Author: BobD 
Date:   2006-01-29 18:18

I share completely GBK's feelings re the Laudate Dominum. And would also suggest that it is an excellent practice piece for clarinet to develop tone and breath control.

Bob Draznik

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 Re: Favourite Mozart
Author: David Peacham 
Date:   2006-01-29 19:13

Getting increasingly off-topic, but Chris P is right, Vivaldi's 'Nulla In Mundo Pax Sincera' is quite gob-smackingly lovely. It also has about the most bizarre lyrics I have ever come across in (what appears to be) a piece of church music. I guess those celibate priests got pretty frustrated. Either that, or the guy who translated the Latin for the benefit of us lacking a classical education, had bought the wrong sort of mushroom that morning.

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If there are so many people on this board unwilling or unable to have a civil and balanced discussion about important issues, then I shan't bother to post here any more.

To the great relief of many of you, no doubt.


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 Re: Favourite Mozart
Author: RodRubber 
Date:   2006-01-30 07:12

I really like many of mozart's works in A Major: 29th Symphony, 21st Piano Concerto (i think, if thats not it, its the A Major concerto in that vicinity), And obviously the clarinet works. I think it might be the many F#minor chords that lend that sort of melancholy quality to these works.

Mozart also seems to sounds wonderful in Eb! 39th symphony, and many of the dazzling passages in Zauberflote.

Also, Papageno's scene in the act II finale.

Best Regards,



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 Re: Favourite Mozart
Author: bawa 
Date:   2006-01-30 07:31

Magic Flute has absolutely breathtaking moments (┬┐did I hear someone say there were no "genuine emotions?), Don Giovani too.

Clarinet concert of course (my first piece of Western (classic_al) music)

So many of the piano concertos...

And the symphonies... and some of the quartets, quintets...

And the flute and harp is one of the few cocertos where I actually like the harp...

Music for the BBC Mozart series available at

http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/classicaltv/mozart/themusic/featuredmusic1.shtml

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 Re: Favourite Mozart
Author: bawa 
Date:   2006-01-30 07:41

And if you are tired of Mozart, 27th January is also the birthday of composer J C Arriaga, born exactly 50 years after Mozart, who unfortunately died of severe illness a few days before his 20th birthday. Not much of his work has survived, but he did go to study at the Paris Conservatoire at 16 and 18 was appointed a Profesor there!

A piece often played is the Overture to his opera "Los Esclavos Felices" which he composed when he was 13.

So here in Bilbao, his birthplace, celebrations have happily mixed the works of both composers to celebrate 250 years of one and 200 of the other.

In the following link is in Spanish, but you can see a photo of our opera house named after him.

http://www.filomusica.com/filo22/jenri.html



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