Classical New Release: 'Mozart in the Jungle, Season 4'

Feb 27, 2018

Amazon recently released the fourth season of its original series "Mozart in the Jungle." The show, which has won multiple Golden Globe and Emmy awards, depicts the lives of classical musicians in the fictional New York Symphony. 

Sony has released an album of music from season 4 of "Mozart in the Jungle." The album includes familiar pieces such as Ravel's "Alborada del gracioso" and Ralph Vaughan Williams's "Songs of Travel." It is also a showcase for many new pieces of music. A key plot point in Season 4 is the Hailey Rutledge Ensemble and the music the ensemble commissions from composer Caroline Shaw, who plays herself in the show. The soundtrack includes two pieces by Shaw, "Hi" and "On the Sidewalk."

The soundtrack also features Laura Karpman's unusual arrangements of music by Beethoven and Liszt as well as pieces by seventeenth-century composer and nun Isabella Leonarda and eighteenth-century composer Duchess Anna Amalia von Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. There are also pieces by living composers including Nico Muhly, Thomas Adès and David Majzlin.