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On demand: Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik

GSOplayRecorded at Gothenburg Concert Hall: Stora Salen, Gothenburg, Sweden

Is there a more well-formed and well-polished gem than Eine kleine Nachtmusik – so appealing, so perfect? "Nachtmusik" is German for "serenade", and when Mozart wrote this piece he had already composed twelve serenades. Compared to the previous ones, it really makes reason for its name – a little serenade. A miniature, a simple, classically clean and easily accessible bagatelle, as far as the scope is concerned (previous serenades could be 45 minutes long). A serenade is intended to be played outdoors, but something like this does not work at all with Eine kleine Nachtmusik, with its lovely and intimate string music.

Why Mozart wrote this lovely entertainment music we do not know. It seems that he wrote the music of his own accord and not as a commissioned work. It has been discussed why the mature master of music capital Vienna interrupted the demanding work of orchestrating the opera Don Giovanni in favor of this deliciousness. Was it the contrast he needed? Was it the inspiration that took his attention? 

Mozart expert Christian Zacharias and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra give new life to this well-known music, making it ring out as though the ink had only just dried on the paper.

And if you want to know more about what Zacharias thinks of this piece, clicking here you can watch a brief interview with the German virtuoso.

Filmed in November 2018.

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