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'Mozart is too "chocolate-boxy" '
Submitted by Tim S on Fri, 2006-01-20 11:05
There was an amusing debate on Mozart in the UK just prior to Christmas:
For lovers of Bach, Radio 3's decision to play the composer's entire works was a stroke of genius, garnering glowing responses from listeners and critical acclaim.
Fans of Mozart, however, will not be so lucky. The station has rejected the idea of playing his entire works in one go, to mark the 250th anniversary of his birth, fearing the effect would be "too chocolate-boxy".
...Anthony Lewis-Crosby, the managing director of the London Mozart Players, the UK's oldest chamber orchestra, said: "There's nothing chocolate-boxy about Mozart. It's all wonderful music."
Mozart's music, despite some gorgeous moments (try Laudate Dominum), has always seemed to me somewhat banal, inoffensive and lacking in depth. Certainly sitting through *all* of it would be quite a chore, wouldn't SOLOists agree?
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