A cornucopia of Mozart for his 266th birthday!

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“Forgive me, Majesty. I am a vulgar man! But I assure you that my music is not.
―WA Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart reigns as one of the finest composers, conductors and musicians of his time. With more than 600 works in all styles – symphony, concerto, opera, voice, piano, everything! – Mozart offers classical music lovers some of the most valuable music ever written.

CPR Classical shines a special spotlight on the 18th century composer on his birthday on January 27. Listen live to live reports from our hosts, enjoy hand-picked favourites, or dive into a podcast for a deeper appreciation of the Salzburg wonderkid!

Our new host and digital producer, Jessie Jacobs, asked the CPR Classical team to share, “What is a favorite Mozart piece?

Discover the pieces that charm us and taste Mozart in an instant!

Tune into CPR Classical throughout the day to listen to Mozart’s signature music. In Behind the Baton, conductor Scott O’Neil explains why Mozart’s distinctive Mannheim symphonies are as recognizable as Motown. Host Karla Walker introduces you to the people Mozart loved in the Music Room at 10:30 a.m. and Noon Mozart will be filled with favourites! Jean Inaba presents his most beloved orchestral and vocal recordings for evening listeners, including Solemn Vespers and performances by the renowned Takács Quartet. Click “Listen Live” at the top of the page to meet Mozart all day!

“I have really improved my game playing chamber music over the past eight years. This means learning the repertoire itself AND getting to know this wonderful music from the inside out (as a violinist).

“Mozart’s String Quintet #3 shines with energy and passion. It’s so much fun to play and rewarding for listeners too. best place because of what Mozart brought to it.” – Jean Inaba of CPR Classical

Celebrate Mozart’s birthday with a quiz about his life

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The Great Composers Podcast Offers a Rare Look into Mozart’s Life

Mozart was only 12 when he was commissioned to write an opera. Overnight, he went from a child prodigy to a major threat. Vienna composers, furious at being passed over for the commission, threatened to hire protesters to boo and whistle during the performance of Mozart’s first grand opera. What else would Mozart overcome?

Find out more about the great prodigy from Salzburg with the podcasts of Karla Walker and Scott O’Neil.