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Mozart on Tour, Vol. 3: Schwetzingen & Paris (2006)

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Product Details

  • Format: Classical, Closed-captioned, Color, Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Brilliant Classics
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQ5PXC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,831 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The finest roadshow biography of Mozart continues March 30, 2006
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This, the third volume of a six volume series, presents hours 5 and 6 of a 13 hour biography of Mozart that concentrates on his peripatetic lifestyle. Numerous musical excerpts from every Mozartean genre are featured and contemporaneously composed piano concertos are appended to the end of each episode, 14 concertos in all. I first saw these programs, superbly narrated by Andre Previn who also helped script them, on a local cable channel here in New York owned by the City University of New York. These may have been broadcast on PBS but I am unaware of any particulars. The series was filmed to coincide with and commemorate the 200th "anniversary" of Mozart's death; something I hardly felt celebratory about but it packed the Mozart bin at the record store so I can live with it. The entire series is superb, one of my favorite television experiences.

Schwetzingen and the court of the Elector of Mannheim is where Mozart spends four months early in 1778 in an unsuccessful bid for permanent employment. A well publicized incident in which Mozart walked out of a public rehearsal of music by the renowned (and powerful) Abbe Vogler in full view of the entire court, pronouncing his music amateurish and unlistenable (and the Abbe a no-talent oaf), may explain his lack of professional success. Mozart was forthright but often reckless around those he did not respect. He spends some four months knocking on the doors of the mighty and all he has to show for his pains is a gold watch, his 5th. A humorous letter written by Mozart and read by actor Michael Kitchen (Foyle's War on PBS) has the young composer musing about creating trousers with watch fobs all around them so that he might hang the unwanted time pieces in full view of the stingy nobility.
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I have not seen the other volumes in this series but Volume 3 is superb. The narrators, Andre Previn and Michael Kitchen, do a superb job.

I highly recommend it for all the above reasons!
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