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Perry Keenlyside has written a very nice little book about the life of Mozart. Within nearly four hours the listener gets by means of many letters by Mozart to his father, sister and wife a very good overview about his music and fascinating career. Many short and well selected extracts of his works make this biography a very enjoyable listening experience.
For me this book could have been much longer. A must for every Mozart fan!
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this, although Mozart's life was more depressing than I expected. The musical snippets scattered throughout were a nice addition.
My biggest complaint is in the narration. The volume changes depending upon whether the narrator is reading text or an excerpt from a letter. And he has the annoying habit of dropping his tone to emphasize a particular word so that it is sometimes hard to understand. Example: He describes a particular song in a Mozart opera as both touching and . . . and what? I had to rewind to hear the dropped tone on the word "ironic." Yes, my hearing is just fine -- and I want to keep it that way by not turning the volume way up just to hear the whispers.
Nice book. The narrator works hard and, for the most part, delivers well but the volume thing was annoying.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
I found this title to be well presented, well researched and very informative. Being based upon the letters between Mozart and his family, colleagues and friends it also gives a great insight into the man and the times he lived in.
With snippets of Mozarts' works intermingled in the text the whole production is a very enjoyable experience. It also goes some way to address the wrongs done to Salieri following the play and film "Amadeus".
A recommended read for anyone with an interest in music.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I found this audio very boring. Not enough music, and too many dates. Can we have the Siepmann Mozart 'Life and Music' please audible?