Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Exsultate, jubilate, motet for soprano & orchestra, K. 165 (K. 158a)

    Description by Brian Robins

    The motet Exsultate, jubilate was composed in Milan in January 1773 while Mozart and his father Leopold were on the last of their three visits to Italy. They had traveled to oversee the first performances of the young composer's Lucio Silla, K. 135, an opera seria commissioned by the ducal theater in Milan. The principal uomo (male soprano) for the premiere was Venanzio Rauzzini (1746-1810) -- one of the most famous castrati of the day, as well as a keyboard player and composer, who later pursued a successful career as a teacher and impresario in Bath, England. It was for Rauzzini that Mozart composed this work. The approximate date of composition and the date of the first performance are established by a characteristically playful and childish postscript to a letter to his sister Nannerl, dated January 16, in which Mozart stated that he had composed a motet to be performed at church the following day. Exsultate, jubilate follows a formal pattern little changed from that of the early eighteenth century Italian motet: two da capo arias framing a brief recitative, followed by a brilliant "Alleluia." The formidable virtuosity of the opening Allegro and the concluding Alleluia are set off by the elegant, cantabile middle movement (Andante) "Tu virginum corona." The great contrast of mood and style required of the singer -- who must negotiate both fast, florid passages and moments of great lyricism -- is surely a testimony to Rauzzini's great skill and continues as a benchmark of technical and expressive achievement. One of the most confident and exuberant of Mozart's early works, the motet has justifiably remained one of his most popular works and a glittering showcase for generations of sopranos. The Alleluia section is, by far, the most familiar to listeners, and it is often excerpted for use as a concert aria.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Exsultate, jubilate
    2. Fulget amica dies
    3. Tu virginum corona
    4. Alleluja, alleluja

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 ABC Classics ABC 4812517
    2016 Decca 4789679
    2016 DG Deutsche Grammophon 002894795516
    2016 BIS BIS 2171
    2016 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4795553
    2016 Master Music MRU 18
    2015 L'Oiseau-Lyre 4787863
    2015 DG Deutsche Grammophon B002346910
    2014 Orfeo D'Or C 877134I
    2014 Decca 4808155
    2013 Decca B 001809902
    2013 Decca
    2013 Elatus 61298
    2013 Teldec 44180
    2013 Decca 4785601
    2013 Decca
    2012 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler PH 09056H
    2012 Alto 1185
    2012 Chandos CHAN 0786
    2012 Coro COR 16104
    2012 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4779967
    2012 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099967870
    2012 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2012 Erato 2564666373
    2012 Concerto / Zebralution
    2011 X5 Music Group
    2011 Gala / Gala Records 100815
    2011 EMI Classics
    2011 Apex 2564675387
    2011 ZYX CLA 101172
    2011 Decca
    2010 Decca / Universal Distribution 4803997
    2010 Cascavelle 3119
    2010 Valley Entertainment / Windham Hill Records 221012
    2010 Telarc Distribution 31827
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    2010 Teldec 256467611
    2010 Decca
    2010 Hyperion 30012
    2010 ABC Classics 4764064
    2010 Decca
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    2009 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099969851
    2009 Denon Records
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    2009 Bella Musica / Zebralution
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    2009 Sony BMG / Sony Classical 88697 52990-2
    2009 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2009 Decca 13277
    2008 Metronome 1083
    2008 Deutsche Grammohphon 4777970
    2008 DG Deutsche Grammophon 476217
    2008 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099950967
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    2008 Sony Classical Essential Classics 728690
    2008 Arte Nova Classics 811910
    2008 Philips 4646602
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    2007 Teldec 063012341
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    2006 Sony Classical Essential Classics 82876884582
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    2006 Echo Bridge Home Entertainment 10582
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    2005 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4775756
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    2005 Brilliant 92540
    2004 EMI Music Distribution 85810
    2004 Guild Historical GHCD2281/4
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    2004 Capriccio Records 51153
    2003 Delta Distribution 15884
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    2003 Real Sound (RS) 88
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    2003 Warner Classics
    2003 Romeo Entertainment 7223
    2003 Archipel 162
    2003 Scandinavian Classics 220599
    2003 Brilliant 99737
    2003 Philips 000121702
    2002 Golden Stars 5326
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    2002 Sony Classical 89849
    2002 ASV PLT8514
    2001 CBC Records 5211
    2001 Hungaroton 32041
    2001 Capitol 749283
    2001 Haenssler 98395
    2001 Elektra / Erato 8573 85819-2
    2000 BBC Music 8802
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    2000 Stradivarius 50005
    2000 DG Deutsche Grammophon 469460
    2000 Delta Distribution 49385
    2000 Auvidis 4790
    2000 Philips 000586602
    2000 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 7243573702
    2000 Seraphim Classics
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    2000 DG Deutsche Grammophon 469621
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    2000 Platinum Entertainment 1058
    2000 Bella Voce 7001
    1999 Testament 2172
    1999 Testament 1159
    1999 Great Opera Divas 703932
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    1999 Great Opera Divas 703972
    1999 Teldec 21885
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    1998 Nightingale 123452
    1998 DG Deutsche Grammophon 457582
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    1998 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4579252
    1997 Philips 422 284-2PMI
    1997 Naxos 8 553751
    1997 Romophone 81028
    1997 London 455 295-2LM5
    1997 London 448152
    1997 Arte Nova 30458
    1997 Point Classics 267142
    1997 Valois 4790
    1997 Seraphim UK / Warner Classics 7243569734
    1997 Orfeo 446961
    1996 Accord 201662
    1996 Preiser Records 89122
    1996 Sony Classical 62646
    1996 Berlin Classics 0091752
    1996 Archiv Documents 109
    1995 VAI Audio 1031
    1995 Orfeo D'Or 394501
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    1995 Camerata Records 30CM343
    1995 Laserlight 15884
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    1995 Decca
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    1995 Erato 98497
    1995 Philips 446 222-2PB25
    1994 L'Oiseau-Lyre
    1994 Edition de l'Oiseau-Lyre 443200
    1994 London/Decca / London 43452
    1994 BIS 299
    1994 DG Archiv 445353
    1994 Naxos 550495
    1994 Novalis 150064
    1994 Teldec 95985
    1994 Preiser Records 90227
    1993 ASV 683
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    1993 Harmonia Mundi 3903015
    1992 Philips 434725
    1992 DG Deutsche Grammophon 431791
    1992 Teldec 44180
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    1991 Philips 422 520-2PME5
    1990 EMI Music Distribution 63201
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    1990 Laserlight 35870
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    1987 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4190602
    1986 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 0777747355
    1985 Philips 4128732
    1984 L'Oiseau-Lyre 4118322
    Legato Classics 196
    Musica Di Angeli 99187
    BMG 60812
    Laserlight 35857
    RCA Victor 60121
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    Eurodisc 257672231
    Golden Melodram 37002
    DG Deutsche Grammophon 437383
    ARS Music
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    DG Deutsche Grammophon 429820
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    Accord 200042
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