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Beethoven: Sparks of Joy — Mozart, Beethoven dialogue continued

Beethoven: Sparks of Joy — Mozart, Beethoven dialogue continued

Mozart, Beethoven dialogue continued

Notes by Margaret Scialdone. We continue the Mozart-Beethoven dialogue with Beethoven’s 7 Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe Fühlen” (‘A man who can feel love must have a good heart’), the beautiful duet sung by Pamina and Papageno in the first act of “The Magic Flute”.  Mozart’s opera employs fantastical characters and imagery to bring across the powerful message of the power of love over evil. In the duet, Pamina comforts the ridiculous bird-man Papageno, who is lamenting his lack of a soulmate. Beethoven’s variations,  composed 10 years after Mozart’s untimely death, treat Mozart’s theme with great charm and wit, developing a full palate of emotional expression.

The duet is sung here by Kiri Te Kanawa and Thomas Allen.

Beethoven’s variations are performed here by Miklós Perényi and András Schiff.

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