Mozart’s Travels ¦ 8 July 2019, 7:30pm ¦ Wigmore Hall, London
Mozart’s Travels ¦ 9 July 2019, 7:30pm ¦ Lichfield Festival, Lichfield
Louise Alder soprano, Katy Bircher flute, Oliver Wass harp, Gavin Edwards horn, Ian Page conductor, The Mozartists
Ian Page and The Mozartists return to Wigmore Hall and make their début at Lichfield Festival with a programme exploring Mozart’s travels across Europe. The repertoire comprises a mixture of concertos, symphonies and arias composed in London, The Hague, Paris, Munich, Vienna, Prague and Rome. The company’s award-winning Associate Artist Louise Alder will perform three arias, including Ilia’s “Se iI padre perdei” from Idomeneo, and principals from The Mozartists take centre stage to perform two of Mozart’s most popular concertos: Mozart’s Concerto in C major for Flute and Harp is performed by Katy Bircher and Oliver Wass, whilst Gavin Edwards performs the Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major.
Mozart travelled extensively during his short life, particularly in his early years – between his 7th and 15th birthdays he was away from home for a total of almost six years – and his final trip to Prague ended less than two months before his death. These travels played a crucial role in forging his artistic personality, enabling him to become acquainted with a wide range of music and musicians. In particular, his extended stays in London and Paris before he had turned ten and his year in Italy at the age of fourteen provided a unique education, exposing him to different styles, traditions and outlooks.
The featured works in this programme range from eight-year-old Mozart in London composing his first symphony to his horn concerto and “Bella mia fiamma… Resta, o cara”, written in his thirties.
Conductor and Artistic Director Ian Page writes: “Mozart’s career provides a supreme demonstration of the value and benefits of cultural exchange, and the time that he spent in such important musical cities as London, Paris, Milan and Naples provided him with a depth and breadth of education that he could never have received by remaining at home in Salzburg. This concert explores the range of subtly different musical cultures for which Mozart composed, and will I hope provide a varied and enjoyable cross-section of his extraordinary career. We’re also delighted to have been invited to make our Lichfield Festival début with this programme.”