A "little Mozart"! Highly musical children are often compared to that archetypal genius from Salzburg. But far fewer actually survive the transition from budding talent to mature artist, to become the musicians, singers and conductors whom we admire on stage today.Read more…
- MozartSonata for Piano (Piano and Violin) in C major KV 6 • IV. Allegro moltoSonata for Piano (Piano and Violin) in C major KV 6
IV. Allegro moltoPinchas Zukerman (Violin), Marc Neikrug (Piano)℗ 2012
- MozartMissa solemnis in C minor KV 139 “Waisenhaus-Messe” • 1. Kyrie
- LisztHungarian Rhapsody for Piano No. 6 in D flat major S 244/6 • Tempo giusto - Presto - Andante - AllegroHungarian Rhapsody for Piano No. 6 in D flat major S 244/6
Tempo giusto - Presto - Andante - AllegroMartha Argerich (Piano)1957, Hannover, Beethoven Saal
- SibeliusConcerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor op. 47 • I. Allegro moderatoConcerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor op. 47
I. Allegro moderatoSarah Chang (Violin), Mariss Jansons
Berliner Philharmoniker℗ 1998
- RavelSonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in G major M 77 (1923-1927) • I. AllegrettoSonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in G major M 77 (1923-1927)
I. AllegrettoSarah Chang (Violin), Lars Vogt (Piano)℗ 2004, Suffolk, Potton Hall
- LisztMephisto Waltz No. 1 for Piano S 514 “The Dance in the Village Inn” • Allegro vivace (quasi presto)Mephisto Waltz No. 1 for Piano S 514
Allegro vivace (quasi presto)Kit Armstrong (Piano)℗ 2015
- DelibesLes filles de Cadix (orchestral version) • Nous venions de voir le taureauLes filles de Cadix (orchestral version)
Nous venions de voir le taureauBeverly Sills (Soprano)℗ 1998
- HorowitzVariations on a Theme from Bizet's 'Carmen' • AgitatoVariations on a Theme from Bizet's 'Carmen'
AgitatoYuja Wang (Piano)℗ 2012
- BachSuite for Solo Violoncello No. 3 in C major BWV 1009 • V. Bourrée I – Bourrée IISuite for Solo Violoncello No. 3 in C major BWV 1009
V. Bourrée I – Bourrée IIYo-Yo Ma (Violoncello)℗ 1983
- DvořákConcerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in B minor op. 104 B 191 • I. AllegroConcerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in B minor op. 104 B 191
I. AllegroYo-Yo Ma (Violoncello), Lorin Maazel
Berliner Philharmoniker℗ 1988
- Mendelssohn BartholdyCaprice / Capriccio (Scherzo) in F-Sharp minor op. 5 MWV U 50 • Capriccio (Scherzo)Caprice / Capriccio (Scherzo) in F-Sharp minor op. 5 MWV U 50
Capriccio (Scherzo)Daniel Barenboim (Piano)1955
- BeethovenSonata for Piano No. 8 in C minor op. 13 “Pathétique” • III. Rondo. AllegroSonata for Piano No. 8 in C minor op. 13
III. Rondo. AllegroDaniel Barenboim (Piano)1958
- SarasateSpanish Dances for Violin and Piano op. 22 • No. 3. Romanza andaluzaSpanish Dances for Violin and Piano op. 22
No. 3. Romanza andaluzaYehudi Menuhin (Violin)℗ 2016
- BeethovenSonata for Violin and Piano No. 9 in A major op. 47 “Kreutzer” • I. Adagio sostenuto – PrestoSonata for Violin and Piano No. 9 in A major op. 47
I. Adagio sostenuto – PrestoYehudi Menuhin (Violin), Hephzibah Menuhin (Piano)℗ 2016
- MussorgskyPictures at an Exhibition for Piano • II. The Old CastlePictures at an Exhibition for Piano
II. The Old CastleEvgeny Kissin (Piano)℗ 2011
- FranckSonata for Violin and Piano in A major FWV 8 • I. Allegretto ben moderatoSonata for Violin and Piano in A major FWV 8
I. Allegretto ben moderatoAnne Akiko Meyers (Violin), Rohan De Silva (Piano)℗ 1996
- GershwinPorgy and Bess (1935) (Excerpts, Arr. for Violin and Piano) • 4. It Ain't Necessarily so - Shame on You Sinners (Act II)Porgy and Bess (1935) (Excerpts, Arr. for Violin and Piano)
4. It Ain't Necessarily so - Shame on You Sinners (Act II)Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin), Sandra Rivers (Piano)℗ 1996
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, born in 1756, was already learning to play piano and violin at the tender age of four, and it wasn't long after that he started composing too. There are no recordings, of course, from that time, but we can at least listen to many artists – with similarly prodigious beginnings – who followed his footsteps.
We can only imagine what went through their minds when the stepped up onto the stage as youngsters while their contemporaries were out playing with their friends. Do they then later feel, when they transition to adulthood, that they missed out? It's difficult to know, but, as the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said, "Without music, life would be a mistake".
In this playlist you can hear music by Mozart, followed by a series of artists who made the transition from wunderkind to musical wonder: exceptional pianists like Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Evgeny Kissin, Yuja Wang and Kit Armstrong, the soprano Beverly Sills, the cellist Yo-Yo Ma or violin miracles like Yehudi Menuhin, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Sarah Chang and Anne Akiko Meyers.
Playlist curated by Corina Kolbe.