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January 27, 2019

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from Ionarts

Freya Parr Five essential works by WA Mozart


Solemn Vespers

Mozart wrote several choral pieces, but few are as ravishing as the solo towards the end of this otherwise lively work.

Recommended recording:
Kiri Te Kanawa; London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Sir Colin Davis
Philips 412 8732



String Quartet No. 19 in C, ‘Dissonance’

The final string quartet Mozart composed for a Haydn-dedicated set, this starts with a harmonically adventurous passage.

Recommended recording:
Belcea Quartet
EMI 344 4552



Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K467

Mozart’s Piano Concertos are among his greatest achievements, revealing both his orchestral skill and his sense of drama.

Recommended recording:
Jonathan Biss; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
EMI 217 2702



The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart’s comic masterpiece courted controversy by showing a vain aristocrat being bested by his servants, but continues to entertain with its brilliant depth of characterisation.

Recommended recording:
Sena Jurinac, Graziella Scuitti, Rise Stevens; Glyndebourne Festival Chorus & Orchestra/Vittorio Gui
EMI 476 9422



Symphonies Nos 39-41

In an extraordinary burst of creativity, Mozart composed his last three symphonies in less than three months – and every one a masterpiece.

Recommended recording:
Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Sir Charles Mackerras
Linn CKD 308



Oscar Peterson as accompanist

Renowned for his solo virtuosity, pianist Oscar Peterson (1925-2007) was also esteemed as an inspiring accompanist. Geoffrey Smith presents Oscar in star partnerships with the likes of Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Stan Getz and Count Basie.

from Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz

On this Day January 27, 2014

American folk singer and activist Pete Seegar died at the age of 94. He had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of the Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly’s ‘Goodnight, Irene’, which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950. Members of the Weavers were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. In the 1960s, he re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture and environmental causes.

from This day in music

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