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Sharing the buzz around Wolfgang Amadeus, untill 2018 (no more free posting). Portrait in header by Joost Hölscher.
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Mozart's Don Giovanni gets a stunning Mexican reboot

Mozart's Don Giovanni gets a stunning Mexican reboot | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it
Mozart's Don Giovanni is one of opera’s most contradictory characters, a sexual predator on a vast scale yet also a proto-revolutionary, prepared to challenge the social order while giving voice to some exquisite music. It’s asking a lot of a student singer to capture the complexities while also responding to the musical challenges that Mozart sets him; but then, it’s the Royal Academy of Music’s duty to test its students. 
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Sabine Devieilhe Follows The Love Mozart Had For Weber Sisters

Sabine Devieilhe Follows The Love Mozart Had For Weber Sisters | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it
Mozart was in love with three sisters of the Weber family: Josepha, Aloysia and Konstanze. He wrote music for all of the muses (and thei
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'Kiri Sings Mozart'

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa recorded at St. David's Hall, Cardiff with the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, 1990.

Today Te Kanawa anounced her retirement. Her big break came in 1971 at Covent Garden when she was cast as the Countess Almaviva in Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro". 

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George Walker: Concise and Precise

George Walker: Concise and Precise | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it

"One of the extraordinary things about Mozart was the way that he could move from the diatonic into the chromatic and back again. You don’t have that in Beethoven."


"People say, “If only Mozart would have lived and kept on writing.” But his style would not have changed that much."

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How Interlude in Prague recreates the sumptuous world of Mozart

How Interlude in Prague recreates the sumptuous world of Mozart | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it
Though Mozart's cinematic story has been somewhat dominated by the towering classic that is Amadeus, new film Interlude in Prague looks to take inspiration from one of his most famous works, Don Giovanni. Though the dates and locations here are real, the film makes daring use of Mozart's opera to paint a new, fictitious story about the composer, in a similar manner to 1998's Shakespeare in Love. 
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Frances Stark: 'Contemporary artists are hyper-alienated and hyper-competitive'

Frances Stark: 'Contemporary artists are hyper-alienated and hyper-competitive' | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it
"The Magic Flute is significant to Stark because of its high/low appeal: a popular singspiel rather than a traditional opera, the work was meant by Mozart to be accessible (its title, after all, is a coarse innuendo) while its themes and form aspire to the transcendent heights of Enlightenment ideals. Stark says of the music, “It’s sacred! Not everything can be reduced to merchandise,” referring to Jeff Koons’ recent “cynical” launch of a line of handbags for Louis Vuitton."
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Teodor Currentzis: Mozart is always contemporary

Teodor Currentzis: Mozart is always contemporary | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it

The conductor’s faith in Mozart’s music and its relevance, after all, is evident: ‘Mozart is always contemporary, always modern’, Currentzis says. ‘These operas will never get old, they will always be actual. I think in 500 years, this music will have exactly the same impact to every person listening to it.’

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240 Hours, 22 Pounds: A Mammoth Mozart Box Set Aims At More Than 'Complete'

240 Hours, 22 Pounds: A Mammoth Mozart Box Set Aims At More Than 'Complete' | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it
The new complete edition, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Austrian composer's death, is an extravagant Mozart resource.
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Eisen about the recordings of the piano concertos by Robert Levin: "Bob is kind of one of the most sensitive players I know. We've talked about these performances for a long time. He's so thoughtful about what we think are the really important aspects of Mozart performance, which is that Mozart is so attentive to detail. I mean, if you look at his scores, it's very remarkable the extent to which he has notated — and again, I'm going back to the surface of the music. He noted the articulation for example. I'm sure that someone like Mozart thought, "If I'm playing a chord, this isn't just a chord." You know, this chord has a certain weight depending on its context — whether it's accompanying, whether it's a bold, aggressive gesture that's meant to point to a specific moment in the piece. And Bob thinks about those issues very deeply. And so he's very careful to weight the voices that he's bringing out. And that's why it's tremendously expressive."
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Mozart, Ligeti, Bach: Labyrinth CD review – delightful puzzles

Mozart, Ligeti, Bach: Labyrinth CD review – delightful puzzles | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it
Dudok Quartet Amsterdam(Resonus)
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Mozart sold more records this year than Beyonce

Mozart sold more records this year than Beyonce | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it
Beyoncé may have nearly dominated the music conversation in 2016 but she didn't sell the most records.
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Mozart 225: classical stars pick their favourite Wolfgang Amadeus wonder

Mozart 225: classical stars pick their favourite Wolfgang Amadeus wonder | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it
It’s 225 years since Mozart’s death, and there’s a giant CD collection to mark it featuring many of the biggest names in classical music. We asked some of them to reveal which of his works they love best
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Mozart's Don Giovanni: in pictures

Mozart's Don Giovanni: in pictures | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it
With its story of rapes, murder, fine wines and fancy dress, Don Giovanni offers plenty for directors to get their teeth into. The results might not be coherent and they might well be controversial, but they are almost always colourful. Ahead of Richard Jones’s new staging for English National Opera we look at key productions of the last decade.
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The Mozart Effect Myth: Listening to Classical Music ...

The Mozart Effect Myth: Listening to Classical Music ... | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it
In 1993, a paper published in the journal Nature found that college students had improved test scores if they listened to Mozart. When the media caugh
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How might Mozart have looked these days?

How might Mozart have looked these days? | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it
The drawing in the header is made by the Dutch artist Joost Hölscher, who has depicted several historical celebreties as they might have looked today. Wolfgang wears a jacket like one that Leonard Bernstein had in his wardrobe. Mozarts face has been inspired by a mix of the famous posthumous portrait by Barbara Kraft and his death mask.
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Mozart Rubber Duck, Vienna

Mozart Rubber Duck, Vienna | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it
I couldn't resist this rubber duck with a painted wig in the style of the great composer. 
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The Salzburg Festival Reawakens: La Clemenza di Tito revised by Peter Sellars | The New Yorker

The Salzburg Festival Reawakens: La Clemenza di Tito revised by Peter Sellars | The New Yorker | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it

Peter Sellars has drastically revised Mozart’s score, in a fashion that might offend purists. He has reduced the recitatives and interpolated several movements from the Mass in C Minor and other Mozart pieces, further spiritualizing the drama. These changes work surprisingly well: artful manipulations of the recitatives make transitions to and from the Mass sections seamless. In a way, this hodgepodge might be considered more authentic than the original, which was only partly Mozart’s creation. Pressed for time, the composer turned to an assistant—probably his pupil Franz Xaver Süssmayr—for help in writing the recitatives.

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Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K.581 - International Chamber Music Festival - Live concert HD

with Annelien van Wauwe, Boris Brovstyn, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, Lise Berthaud and Maximilian Hornung

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Mozart and the Revolution, or Invention as Combination.

Mozart and the Revolution, or Invention as Combination. | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it

"His incredible creativity can be understood, among other things, as an example of Leistungskonvergenz at the very highest level. Mozart, in thought and deed, brought about the combination of many elements residing on different levels and previously unrelated to each other: the expectations of a new audience, the communicative possibilities of the theatre, the applicability of symphonic technique to opera, subjects drawn from contemporary events."

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Don Giovanni “Vedrai, carino…”: a remix

W.A. Mozart, Aria (Zerlina) „Vedrai, carino…“, from the Opera „Don Giovanni“ Film & Opera Academy Isola Brissago 2016 Produced by Syquali Crossmedia A
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“The discomfort is actually the point”: Kate Lindsey on Così fan tutte

“The discomfort is actually the point”: Kate Lindsey on Così fan tutte | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it
For mezzo-sopranos, playing boys comes with the job. Kate Lindsey is no different, but it's the –very feminine – role of Dorabella we spend much time discussing. 
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Out of Africa & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Clarinet concerto in A major, K. 622 - Adagio (HD)

Out of Africa (1985) In 20th century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-sprited big-game hunte
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Star Wars Composer John Williams: My Scores Are Not Very Memorable

Star Wars Composer John Williams: My Scores Are Not Very Memorable | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it
Here’s a lesson in humility: protean film composer John Williams, 84, who has been nominated for an Academy Award a staggering 50 times, winning five, for adapting Fiddler on the Roof, and scoring Jaws, Star Wars, E.T. and Schindler’s List, said his “Star Wars scores are not very memorable,” adding, “I look at Mozart and I look at Beethoven and Bach, the greatest organizers of sound that we’ve ever had, and you need to be humble when the shoulders that we stand on are so great. “

Via Christopher Coleman
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Mozart in the Jungle: making classical music sexy on screen

Mozart in the Jungle: making classical music sexy on screen | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it
I am not supposed to like Mozart in the Jungle. The comedy-drama series that launched in 2014 to a ripple of excitement from classical music fans (we are wary of fanfares) soon moved many o
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Remember When ‘Figaro’ Was Set in Trump Tower?

Remember When ‘Figaro’ Was Set in Trump Tower? | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it
Peter Sellars on his Reagan-era staging of “Le Nozze di Figaro” (1988), why he chose the setting, and what Mozart was saying about money, class and power.
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Mozart – LE NOZZE DI FIGARO

Mozart – LE NOZZE DI FIGARO | Mozart 3.0 | Scoop.it
Love, lust and lots of entanglements, combined with Mozart’s enthralling music. Director David Bösch makes his Amsterdam debut with LE NOZZE DI FIGARO. Stéphane
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