Mozart in the Jungle: Season 3

Music By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Sony Classical

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                The Golden Globe-winning comedic drama, Mozart in the Jungle, reveals what takes place behind the scenes at the symphony.  In the third season of the series, maestro Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) takes on a new artistic challenge – conducting the opera diva Alessandra (Monica Bellucci) in her long-awaited return concert in Venice, Italy.  Meanwhile, oboist Hailey (Lola Kirke) is traveling Europe with the Andrew Walsh Ensemble, realizing it is not all she had hoped for, but developing a passion for conducting.  Due to a lockout, things have become tense for the various members of the symphony and the musicians are forced to find a focus in themselves rather than the orchestra as a whole.

                Since the focus of this season of Mozart in the Jungle is the opera, it is no surprise to find operatic pieces on the soundtrack.  The spotlight is on Ana Maria Martinez, considered one of the foremost sopranos of her time.  She performs a number of tracks on the album, including a duet with Placido Domingo.  The album also features appearances by Joshua Bell, Nico Muhly and the musical stylings of Yo-Yo Ma.

                I love classical music and was looking forward to listening to the Mozart in the Jungle: Season 3 Soundtrack.  Having never watched the series, I had no idea that this particular season would focus on the opera.  That being said, I did find myself enjoying this soundtrack quite a bit.  Ana Maria Martinez has an amazing voice and that contributes to the enjoyment, but the music itself, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludvig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and more, is equally amazing. 

                Fans of the television series will definitely want to get their hands on this soundtrack, but even folks who have never watched the series, but have a love for music (like myself) will be delighted to take a listen to the Mozart in the Jungle: Season 3 Soundtrack.  They won’t be disappointed.


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