Mozart wrote several choral pieces, but few are as ravishing as the solo towards the end of this otherwise lively work.
Kiri Te Kanawa; London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Sir Colin Davis
Philips 412 8732
String Quartet No. 19 in C, ‘Dissonance’
EMI 344 4552
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K467
Mozart’s Piano Concertos are among his greatest achievements, revealing both his orchestral skill and his sense of drama.
Jonathan Biss; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
EMI 217 2702
The Marriage of Figaro
Mozart’s comic masterpiece courted controversy by showing a vain aristocrat being bested by his servants, but continues to entertain with its brilliant depth of characterisation.
Sena Jurinac, Graziella Scuitti, Rise Stevens; Glyndebourne Festival Chorus & Orchestra/Vittorio Gui
EMI 476 9422
Symphonies Nos 39-41
In an extraordinary burst of creativity, Mozart composed his last three symphonies in less than three months – and every one a masterpiece.
Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Sir Charles Mackerras
Linn CKD 308
Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.