Exploring Mozart

Friday, February 18, 2022

We discuss the composer's extraordinary music, and some of its finest recordings

A special edition of the Gramophone Podcast this week sees Editor Martin Cullingford talk to Mozart expert Richard Wigmore about the composer's extraordinary life and music.

You can listen to the Podcast above. To hear other Gramophone podcasts, or to subscribe for free to new editions, search for 'Gramophone' in your Podcast App of choice, or visit Gramophone's page on Apple Music podcasts.

This podcast was produced to coincide with the publication of Gramophone Presents Mozart, a special edition of the magazine in which we draw on some of the finest writing on the composer and his music from across the past century, including major interviews, reviews of ground-breaking releases, and list of recommended recordings of all the composer's most significant works. Find more more – and order your copy today – here

The excerpts heard during the podcast were taken from the following recordings: the opening of Symphony No 40, performed by Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on Linn; Alfred Brendel in the Piano Concerto K 271, 'Jeunehomme', also with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, on Decca; Quatuor Ebène in the opening of String Quartet No 19 in C major, K 465, the 'Dissonant', on Erato; Wolfgang Meyer, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Concentus Musicus Wien in the close of the Clarinet Concerto, on Teldec; Malcolm Bilson and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, in the third movement of Piano Concerto No 27 in E flat, K 595, on Archiv; and Véronique Gens singing 'Porgi, Amor', from The Marriage of Figaro, conducted by René Jacobs and available on Harmonia Mundi.

These recordings, along with a few other handpicked examples of Mozart's music on record, can be enjoyed in the Apple Music playlist below. 

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