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Great Composers: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (BBC Documentary)


These are truly outstanding programmes. They offer not just outline biographies but interesting comment and insight on the composers‘ lives and achievements, and their importance in the development of the art of music, from an impressive team of experts: biographers and musicologists, and conductors and artists that are associated with their music. Of course, within the limited space of an hour, the coverage cannot claim to be comprehensive; but it is a miracle how much material is crammed into each programme. Indeed, all seven programmes demand repeated viewing for full appreciation of all their riches. All include excerpts from major works played by renowned international artists. And all are filmed in the locales associated with the composers‘ lives and works adding an aura of immediacy and authenticity. All the programmes are narrated by Kenneth Branagh.

In this Mozart documentary narrated by Kenneth Branagh the contributors include: Sir Georg Solti, Sir Colin Davis, Imogen Cooper, and H.C. Robbins Landon. The conditions for Mozart’s appearance as the first freelance child prodigy and how Mozart became the first modern piano concerto composer are among the many themes discussed in this wide ranging and stimulating programme.