277 Exsultate Jubilate
Mozart

Down 59. 2nd of 18 appearances from Mozart. Lowest position since 2009.

When you realize that this work came from the pen of someone who was, as Rodgers and Hammerstein might say, 'sixteen going on seventeen', it is truly amazing. The sheer combination of youth involved in the composition and premiere of Exsultate, Jubilate completely belies the sound of the work. To many, it's the sound of a genius at the peak of his powers, harnessing some of the finest slices of his imagination with aplomb and wisdom.

The man — yes, man — for whom Mozart wrote it, Venanzio Rauzzini, had a good ten years on the composer. He was the Italian soprano castrato of choice for the musical chattering classes of Milan. The singer would eventually, after a couple more adulatory years wowing them in Italy, move permanently to the unlikely destination of Bath, living largely off his reputation by teaching and mounting subscription concerts.

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'The Virgin with Angels' by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (c.1900).