The Genius of Mozarts

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Arts, Biography Documentary narrated by Charles Hazlewood published by BBC in 2004 - English narration

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Charles Hazelwood looks at Mozart's extraordinary life and music. Aired on BBC 2, Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th April 2005 (Originally broadcast Friday 19th March to 2nd April 2004.) TV capture, done in DVD recorder, 3 parts, 1 hour duration, 500 MB each.

[edit] Miracle of Nature

In this first programme Charles Hazlewood challenges the accepted belief that Mozart was born a genius, and thus became almost an immortal being.How could Mozart have touched our universal pulse without drawing from the turmoil of every day life himself? And who witnessed this turmoil first hand?

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?

[edit] A Passion for the Stage

Charles Hazlewood examines three of Mozart's greatest operas, and shows how The Magic Flute. Idomeneo, and The Marriage of Figaro revolutionised the musical theatre.

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.

[edit] The First Romantic

The third and final film in the series examines how, 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.

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  • Total Size (MB) ... : 500.26 MB
  • Duration .............. : 00:58:55

  • Video Codec ....... : DivX 5.0 codec
  • Resolution .......... : 704 x 400
  • Aspect Ratio ....... : 1.76:1
  • Video Bitrate ...... : 1021 KB/s
  • Framerate .......... : 25 FPS
  • Quality Factor ..... : 0.145 B/px

  • Audio Codec ....... : MPEG-1 Layer 3 (MP3)
  • Audio Bitrate ...... : 165 KB/s
  • Channels ............ : 2 Ch
  • Sampling Rate .... : 48000 Hz

  • Ripped by ...........: UKNova capper PinkyPerky; torrented at MVG by l0thar.

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