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Mozart Documentary – The Genius of Mozart 3/3 "The First Romantic" – YouTube

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February 16, 2014

The third and final episode in this documentary series from BBC covering the Mozart's life and works. Enjoy :-).

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Mozart Documentary – The Genius of Mozart 2/3 "A Passion for the Stage" – YouTube

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February 9, 2014

The second in this documentary trilogy from the BBC If you missed it the first part is here Enjoy :-).

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Mozart Documentary – The Genius of Mozart 1/3 "Miracle of Nature"

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February 2, 2014

The story begins with the composer's father Leopold with whom Mozart conducted a passionate and tortured correspondence. It is Leopold who knows Mozart's secrets. And there is another voice: that of the music itself. Music is the key to unlocking the emotions of Mozart, starting in this film with the great piano works. Without this key, how can we ever understand the emotions that gave birth to some of the most beautiful sounds the world has ever heard? The first great phase of Mozart's brief life was that of the travelling child prodigy - gifted as a performer and writer of music - who grew into the genius who, working within the restrictions of his time, began to rewrite the musical rules.But there was another facet to Mozart - the adult thinker aware of the bigger picture, passionately attached to the progressive values of the Enlightenment - impressively well-read, a speaker of most European languages (even a little English), an Austrian Catholic, a Freemason and above all a composer at the height of his formidable powers, determined to succeed in the most difficult and lucrative area of all - Opera. Towards the end of his life, Mozart mastered the language of instrumental and orchestral writing - and how both love and loss provoked in him an extraordinary burst of creativity. This was essentially crystallised in three ambitious works that changed the future course of music: his last, great trilogy of symphonies - numbers 39, 40 and 41 - which he wrote in six short weeks. Written by BBC.

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Sunday Concert: Nigel Kennedy Concert BBC Proms 2012

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November 17, 2013

I wonder if there's any classical music fan of my age (on this side of the Atlantic at any rate) who doesn't have at least one Nigel Kennedy recording in their collection? If you don't know his playing try tracking down a recording of him playing  Elgar's Violin Concerto, or him playing Jazz, or the famous recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, which went as high as number three on the U.K. pop charts and went on to sell well over a million copies. But before you do that enjoy this compilation from the BBC's proms which gives a good musical portrait of the man and his astonishingly broad repertoire. Enjoy :-).

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Documentary Series BBC Symphony: 4/4 Revolution and Rebirth – YouTube

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September 8, 2013

The last in a series of four documentaries from the BBC in which Simon Russell Beale explores the symphony. Enjoy :-)

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