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Mad about Mozart! 5 TALES OF LOVE AND OBSESSION
This documentary takes its title from the famous Mozart spherical chocolates (Mozartkugeln, or Mozartballs), on sale in Salzburg and at all good airports. The programme tells the story of five people who’ve had their lives changed by acquaintance with Mozart’s music. They are:
1 An Austrian astronaut, who took Mozartballs (Mozartkugeln) into space.
2 A suicidal Swiss schoolteacher, who makes repeated pilgrimages to Mozart’s grave and is obsessed by Köchel numbers (ie, Mozart catalogue numbers).
3 An American computer whizz and composer, who’s written a programme, ‘Emmy’, that composes ‘instant Mozart’.
4 & 5
Two American ladies are who believe they are Mozart and Mozart’s lover Nancy Storace re-incarnated.
The programme is witty, ironic and often moving, as director Larry Weinstein refuses to send up his subjects, but allows them to speak for themselves against a musical backdrop of the composer’s greatest music.
The DVD includes 56 minutes of extras, notably a complete performance of the ‘Mozart’ Rondo Capriccio for cello and orchestra, the full radio interview with composer David Cope, and much additional footage excluded from the final programme cut.
The DVD is an English-language film, with French and German subtitles.
EXTRA FEATURES (56 mins)
CBC Interview • Rondo Capriccio rehearsal & performance • Steph & Lynette’s Story • Steph’s Vienna Tour • Mozart for Cello & Piano • Death Museum
- A unique Mozart release for Mozart year
- Entertaining, fun and informative
- Includes intriguing piece of ‘computer Mozart’, performed by Steven Isserlis
- 56 mins of extra features
Disc Format: NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 anamorphic
Region Code: 0 (all)
Sound: LPCM Stereo
Recorded: 2004-5, Canada, USA and Austria
Subtitles: French, German
R E V I E W S
“What’s extraordinary about Mozartballs’ direction is Weinstein’s empathy and sense of humour… a funny and ultimately moving tribute to a musical legend.” -- Point of View
Works on This Recording
Work(s) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Steven Isserlis (Cello)
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