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The Genius of Mozart (2004–2004)
TV Mini-series | Documentary, Drama, History

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 ...See moreThe 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? 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. 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. Written by BBC See less
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Mar 19, 2004 (United Kingdom)
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46 cast members
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Charles Hazlewood
Self - Presenter Self - Presenter   See fewer
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Jack Tarlton
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   See fewer
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Kenneth Cranham
Leopold Mozart Leopold Mozart   See fewer
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Claire Skinner
Nannerl Berchtold zu Sonnenburg / Nannerl Mozart Nannerl Berchtold zu Sonnenburg / Nannerl Mozart   See fewer
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Emma Cunniffe
Constanze Mozart Constanze Mozart   See fewer
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3
Stepán Krticka
Mozart aged 4 Mozart aged 4   See fewer
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1
Murray Melvin
Lorenzo Da Ponte Lorenzo Da Ponte   See fewer
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Holly Radford
Sophie Weber Sophie Weber   See fewer
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Ron Donachie
Joseph Haydn Joseph Haydn   See fewer
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Andrew Price
Franz Niemetschek Franz Niemetschek   See fewer
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Karel Vrtiska
Mozart aged 9 Mozart aged 9   See fewer
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Joe Dunlop
Michael Puchberg Michael Puchberg   See fewer
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Marie Matlova
Nannerl aged 8 Nannerl aged 8   See fewer
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Chris Porter
Karl Gieseke Karl Gieseke   See fewer
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Adela Donovalova
Nannerl aged 13 Nannerl aged 13   See fewer
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Dominic Grant
Joseph II Joseph II   See fewer
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Andrew Sparling
Anton Stadler Anton Stadler   See fewer
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Joe Cushley
Vienna Music Critic Vienna Music Critic   See fewer
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Nicholas Khan
Information Minister Information Minister   See fewer
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Lenka Korínková
Mozart's Mother Mozart's Mother   See fewer
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George Antoni
Frankfurt Music Critic Frankfurt Music Critic   See fewer
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Geoffrey Beevers
Archbishop Colloredo Archbishop Colloredo   See fewer
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Catriona Yuill
Aristocrat Aristocrat   See fewer
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Philip Anthony
Archbishop Schrattenbach Archbishop Schrattenbach   See fewer
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Dominic Colchester
Aristocrat Aristocrat   See fewer
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Zuzana Hodkova
Frau Weber Frau Weber   See fewer
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John Comer
Priest Priest   See fewer
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David O'Kelly
Johann Schachtner Johann Schachtner   See fewer
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Phil Rapps
Primus Primus   See fewer
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Robert Russel
Daines Barrington Daines Barrington   See fewer
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Winter Ave Zoli
Singing Pupil Singing Pupil   See fewer
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Tabitha Webb
Aloysia Weber Aloysia Weber   See fewer
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Filip Zakovsky
Karl Thomas Mozart aged 5 Karl Thomas Mozart aged 5   See fewer
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Eileen Battye
Aristocrat Aristocrat   See fewer
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James Norbury
Karl Thomas Mozart aged 9 Karl Thomas Mozart aged 9   See fewer
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Harriet Eastcott
Aristocrat Aristocrat   See fewer
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Cate Fowler
Aristocrat Aristocrat   See fewer
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Andrew Leonard
Aristocrat Aristocrat   See fewer
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Ben Lewis
Aristocrat Aristocrat   See fewer
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Derek Smee
Aristocrat Aristocrat   See fewer
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Robert Orr
Companion to Leopold Companion to Leopold   See fewer
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Andrew Shore
Emmanuel Schikaneder Emmanuel Schikaneder   See fewer
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Anthony Rolfe-Johnson
Anton Raaff Anton Raaff   See fewer
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Elena Mosuc
Josepha Hofer Josepha Hofer   See fewer
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Haidée Augusta
Socialite Socialite   See fewer
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Ed Pearce
Dirty Greasy Servant (uncredited) Dirty Greasy Servant (uncredited)   See fewer
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8 / 10 | 95 votes