"Mozart is the greatest composer of all. Beethoven created his music, but the music of Mozart is of such purity and beauty that one feels he merely found it - that it has always existed as part of the inner beauty of the universe waiting to be revealed." (Albert Einstein) 

To mark his 259th birthday, the staff at Bachtrack HQ have each nominated their favourite Mozart moment to share with you here:

David has chosen Nicolai Gedda singing Tamino's "Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön" from Die Zauberflöte, "the most romantic opera aria ever":

Alison has chosen the Requiem, "first heard live 25 years ago in St Matthias church, Budapest, as a real requiem mass in someone's memory. The church was painted maroon with different geometric patterns on every pillar. It felt as if the music had been written for just this occasion, and as the congregation moved in time to take their communion the volume dipped. The soloists stood in the balcony, their voices soared over us and swirled around us in the beautiful acoustic and I was very moved by the death of someone I had never known."

Bachtrack's newest recruit - Spanish editor, Katia - selects the Overture to Mozart's opera Don Giovanni. Here it is performed, appropriately enough, by the Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Madrid!

Simon has also chosen a late work, Mozart's final symphony, no. 41 in C major "Jupiter": 

Hedy, our German editor, has chosen the Adagio from the Piano Concerto no. 23 in A major K488, here played by Hélène Grimaud, although she seems to be lost in a forest somewhere...

French editor - and flautist - Luce has chosen the second movement of the Flute and Harp Concerto K299, in particular the performance from the film Amadeus, where it is performed by William Bennett and Osian Ellis:

Lapsed clarinettist Mark opts for the Adagio from the Clarinet Concerto. "Memories of trying to get my fingers around the opening movement still haunt me, but the glorious Adagio is absolutely wonderful to play." It's performed here by Martin Fröst and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. 

Ironically, Dance Editor Alexandra has chosen the same music as Hedy, but in the context of Angelin Preljocaj's "Le Parc", featuring Aurélie Dupont and Manuel Legris:

Happy birthday, Herr Mozart.