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Katherine ventures into 18th and 19th century Europe to discover three of the great composers of the Classical Era – Haydn, Schubert and Mendelssohn.
Schubert made no secret of the fact that he was absolutely in love with Mozart’s music. "O Mozart! immortal Mozart!” he wrote, “what countless impressions of a brighter, better life hast thou stamped upon our souls!” When he came to writing his own fifth symphony, Schubert paid tribute to Mozart’s 40th Symphony by giving it the same small-scale orchestration. It’s the only one of Schubert’s symphonies which doesn’t include clarinets, trumpets or timpani. 'Just listen to how fresh and bright it sounds,' says Katherine.
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