The Life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • by Perry Keenlyside
  • Narrated by Nigel Anthony, Paul Rhys
  • 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the poignant and compelling story of perhaps the most naturally gifted musical genius of all time. Copiously illustrated with examples of his music, it tells of Mozart's extraordinary childhood travelling the courts of Europe, and of how, after a brief period of fame in Vienna, his fortunes declined until his early death and last resting place in a pauper's grave...
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Audible Editor Reviews

Talented narrators Nigel Anthony and Paul Rhys work well together in rendering this fascinating look at one of the greatest composers in history. They use their prodigious vocal talents and experience to pull back the curtain on the strained relationship between Mozart and his father and his early success as a composer and performer for the royals of Europe. Using an authoritative tone, they deliver the facts, and the more emotional and evocative passages are presented with increasing tension and excitement. Musical passages add to the listening experience, rounding out this fascinating and fulfilling study.

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A recommended read

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.
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- Colin

Siepmann music biographies are better

I found this audio very boring. Not enough music, and too many dates. Can we have the Siepmann Mozart 'Life and Music' please audible?
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- Christine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-08-2005
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks