We have just heard the news that James Levine has died at age 77.

Anyone who heard a performance he conducted – or heard him play the piano – knows what an expansive, relaxed and insightful musician he was. Whether you were listening to him conducting Mozart, Verdi or Wagner, you always had the sense that you were hearing music performed authentically, probably much as the composer intended.

Today, we would like to pay tribute to him by giving you the opportunity to hear him perform La Clemenza di Tito, an opera by his beloved Mozart. If you care a subscriber to Classical Archives, CLUCK HERE and let Levine – and Mozart – state their case.