© 2012 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2012 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London on 18 March 2012
Total playing time: 75.32
DDD Stereo
Released October 2012

CD: Michael Morpurgo's The Mozart Question

LPO conducted by Nicholas Collon

Michael Morpurgo The Mozart Question

The story's narration is interleaved with music by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Messiaen and J Strauss.

Michael Morpurgo narrator
Alison Reid narrator
Nicholas Collon conductor
Jack Liebeck violin
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Children’s author Michael Morpurgo is perhaps best known for his book War Horse, which has enjoyed success as a film and on the West End stage. Here the former Children’s Laureate narrates his equally touching book The Mozart Question, an eloquent and ultimately uplifting story charting a small boy’s discovery of his love for the violin, and of his parents’ traumatic past in a concentration camp during the Second World War. This CD weaves together the book’s narration with musical extracts to bring the story alive, featuring pieces by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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 'Music is interspersed throughout this standout audio production, allowing the listener to hear young Paulo's first squeaky attempts at playing scales and to feel his parents’ anguish as they are forced to play Mozart concertos for the SS during WWII. Whether it's a full orchestra, a single violin, or simply the rhythmic snipping of scissors, the music itself becomes a character in this moving story.'
Winner of Earphones Award, AudioPhile Magazine, November 2012

‘This CD is thoroughly recommended for its story, its music and the skill with which everything is presented.’
Stephen Whitehead, Cross Rhythms

'The author himself takes the lion’s share of the dramatic performance as the now ageing concert violinist, with Alison Reid as his young interviewer. Both are superb, underplaying the drama in the manner of a radio play and hitting just the right note throughout.'
Paul Corfield Godfrey, MusicWeb International, February 2013

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