By the time he wrote his final pair of symphonies, Mozart had an intense and prolific career as an opera composer, and his command of dramatic pacing, emotional extremes and light-hearted interludes makes itself felt in his non-vocal music, too. Don Giovanni, in which two violent deaths frame a farcical series of aborted seductions mistaken identities, makes a good model for the pathos and pirouettes of the G minor symphony. The "Jupiter" is loftier stuff, intricate in construction, expansive in ambition and exhilarating in its sumptuously contrapuntal finale.
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Stream the Punch Brothers documentary 'How to Grow a Band' this week.
By John Schaefer on 10.28.14 in Reviews
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