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January 23rd, 2013, 11:05 AM
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According to Robert Poliqun’s on-line Mozart catalog (http://alambix.uquebec.ca/musique/catal/mozart/mozwa05.html), we can count about 15 operas, operates or dramas with song of all sorts composed by Mozart. Along with most of these, we have the obligatory orchestral overture or sinfonia that opens the work. Today’s OTF proposes a number of these in a YouTube playlist.

These works range from early teenage works (dating 1767 or 68) up until his great operas from the early 1790’s. Whereas the earlier sinfonias are somewhat predictable and formulaic (following the tradition of the era), his later overtures stand out as excellent orchestral works, which stand up on their own rather remarkably.

About half of the works are vinyl transfers from my personal music collection, from a vintage DG album featuring German conductor Karl Böhm (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/karl-b%C3%B6hm-mn0000182286), renowned not only as a great opera conductor, but something of a specialist of German works from the classical era.

Which ones are your favourites? Do you have other interpretations you’d like to share?


Stage Overtures by Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)

Bastien und Bastienne, K. 50

La Finta Semplice, K. 51
Orchestra da Camera San Giorgio
Andrea Fornaciari, Conducting

Idomeneo, Rè di Creta, K. 366
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
Myung-Whun Chung , Conducting

La clemenza di Tito, K. 621
Haagsche Serenata
Ernst Wauer, Conducting

La finta giardiniera, K. 196
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner, Conducting

Mitridate Re di Ponto, K. 87
Orchestra da Camera di Padova e del Veneto
Francesco Ommassini, Conducting

Der Schauspeildirektor , K. 486
Staatskapelle Dresden
Karl Böhm, Conducting

Don Giovanni, K. 527
Orchestra of the Národní divadlo v Praze
Karl Böhm, Conducting

Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492
Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Karl Böhm, Conducting

Cosi fan tutte, K. 588
Wiener Philharmoniker
Karl Böhm, Conducting

Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail , K. 384
Staatskapelle Dresden
Karl Böhm, Conducting

Die Zauberflote , K. 620
Berliner Philharmoniker
Karl Böhm, Conducting

Playlist URL: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6swnss9F7SH7y4DTHqeqEIk7ipV-7baO

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Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 24th, 2013, 02:55 AM
15? It's 22!

January 24th, 2013, 01:51 PM
Thanks a lot, Almaviva, for letting everybody know that I can’t count!

In addition to the 12 sung stage works whose overtures I featured, I counted the following:

The latin comedy in 1 act Apollo et Hyacinthus, K. 38
The theatrical serenade in 2 acts Ascanio in Alba, K. 111
The dramatic serenade in 1 act Il Sogno di Scipione, K. 126
The musical drama in 2 acts, Lucio Silla, K. 136
The musical drama in 2 acts Il Rè Pastore, K. 208
The German Operetta in 2 acts Zaide (Das Serail), K. 344 (fragmentary)
The musical drama in 2 acts L'Oca del Cairo, K. 422 (fragmentary)
The Opera buffa in 2 acts Lo sposo deluso, K. 430 (fragmentary)

There is also a “lost” opera in German (K. A 28 – previously catalogued as K. 416a) and a good number of assorted fragments - arias, sung portions of stage works, etc.

So I can get my count up to 20, I guess 22 includes some of the other lost and fragmentary works.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 24th, 2013, 06:20 PM
Here are the two you missed:

Die Schuldigkeit Des ersten und fürnehmsten Gebottes - K. 35
Betulia Liberata - K. 118=74c (granted, it's an oratorio)

Some would push it to 23 and includeThamos, König in Ägypten, K. 345/336a, a play for which Mozart wrote incidental music. Most people don't, and stick with the 20 you've mentioned, plus the two above, which are definitely counted among his operatic works.

January 24th, 2013, 07:58 PM
To me, Don Giovanni's overture is an incredible masterpiece. My favourite by far among the Mozart's candidates above.