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Mozart's Attic
Sunday 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Mozart's Attic is a classical music program featuring music from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.

  • Before leaving his hometown of Salzburg, Mozart wrote the first of his three great masses, the only one he actually finished, the Coronation Mass in C major. We’ll hear it this Sunday.
  • The music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky endured some criticism from both the critics and his fellow composers who felt that he needed to be more in step with where Russian music was going in the 19th century. What was that all about? We’ll see if the Fourth Symphony has any clues for us this Sunday night.
  • This week we’re going to devote the entire program to music performed by the Kronos Quartet. There’s nobody else anything like them and there never has been. We’ll scratch the surface this Sunday.
  • Music is ever-changing, but seldom in a straight line. We’ll look at three composers from each of the three past centuries with little in common with each other or anybody in between. Music from Mozart to Schoenberg this week — and others along the way.
  • Robert and Clara Schumann, Joseph Joachim, and Johannes Brahms may have anticipated the concept of a professional network with mutual encouragement and career assistance in a circle that would come to include Antonin Dvorak.We’ll look at some of the music of this group this Sunday night.
  • There wasn’t a lot of Christmas programming on television in 1952…..There wasn’t much programming, period. It was anyone’s guess as to where this new entertainment medium was headed. NBC commissioned a one-hour opera from Gian Carlo Menotti, and Amahl and the Night Visitors aired on Christmas eve. This tale of a visit by the Three Kings became an instant holiday classic, and we’ll have a performance of it this Sunday.
  • It’s a December tradition on Mozart’s Attic, and we’ll have our annual performance of George Frederic Handel’s Messiah, complete, this Sunday. Justin Doyle conducts the Berlin Academy for Old Music with soloists and chorus in a newly-released CD of everyone’s favorite oratorio.
  • Wilhelm Furtwangler was music director of the Berlin Philharmonic during World War II, and his political legacy is complicated — and not necessarily what you might expect. He was also widely regarded as one of the greatest Beethoven interpreters of the last century, and we’ll have a rare live recording of him conducting the Eroica Symphony this Sunday.
  • When the Pilgrims left Southampton in 1620, they left behind a thriving European musical scene. Not that the Pilgrims listened to much music; actually they tended to frown on it. But just for fun, we’ll listen to some of the tunes they might have heard if they had been listening — which they weren’t.
  • William Shakespeare has fired the imaginations of many composers -- so many that we can only scratch the surface of musical works inspired by the Bard of Avon in a single program. But scratch it we shall this Sunday with a multi-national look at scenes from Shakespeare in music, as interpreted by six different composers. Hearken thee at six o’clock.