For those looking for the opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ with some of Mozart’s best work, head to the DFP on Feb 29 and March 1 as the MPO will be presenting gems composed by Mozart
by LYDIA NATHAN
IF WOLFGANG Amadeus Mozart was born in the current generation, he could easily be a huge rock star.
Born on Jan 27, 1756, and baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, he was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical period.
Even then, Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood in his hometown of Salzburg, Germany.
He was very competent on keyboard and violin, and as early as the age of five, Mozart had begun composing and performed before European royalty.
At 17, Mozart, who was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court, grew restless and decided to travel in search of a better position.
Somehow, the talented musician was dismissed from his position at the Salzburg court while he was visiting Vienna in 1781.
That did not stop Mozart from thriving as he chose to stay in Vienna, where he achieved fame.
During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos and operas, and portions of the “Requiem”, which was largely unfinished at the time of his early death at the age of 35.
The circumstances of his death have been much mythologised, and a couple of centuries later, in 1984 to be exact, a Hollywood film entitled “Amadeus” was released.
The film stars F Murray Abraham as Salieri (who received the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance) and Tom Hulce as Mozart (who was also nominated for the same award as Abraham).
That film also managed to introduce classical music to the masses and opened the mind of the younger generation to many other musicians from the same era.
Mozart composed more than 600 works, many of which are acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic and choral music. He is among the greatest and most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence is profound on subsequent Western art music.
In fact, Ludwig van Beethoven was known to have composed his early works in the shadow of Mozart. Even Joseph Haydn once wrote that “posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years”.
For those who are looking for the opportunity to get “up close and personal” with some of Mozart’s best work, head to the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP) on Feb 29 and March 1 as the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) will be presenting gems composed by Mozart.
Led by the conductor laureate Kees Bakels, the MPO has chosen two of Mozart’s best symphonies, “Nos 35 and 38”, framed by his famous “Clarinet Concerto”, to enthral its audience.
All the works are from the last eight years of Mozart’s life, where he was at the peak of his compositional mastery.
“Symphony No 35” is one of the largest ensembles that Mozart has ever used and has one of the most striking openings of any of his symphony.
On the other hand, “Symphony No 38”, nicknamed “Prague”, was composed and premiered in Prague in 1787 which received an overwhelming response.
The concerts will feature clarinettist Alessandro Carbonare, who has performed with esteemed orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
Over the years, Carbonare has been awarded at various international music competitions around the world and collaborated with renowned artists such as Claudio Abbado, Leonidas Kavakos, Alexandre Lonquich and Lang Lang.
Together with the MPO, he will be performing Mozart’s sublime “Clarinet Concerto”, the last instrumental work he completed before his death. The work is the culmination of Mozart’s career as “The Prince of Concerto Writers”.
Entitled “The Elegance of Mozart”, shows will be on Saturday, Feb 29 at 8.30pm, and Sunday, March 1 at 3pm at the DFP, KLCC.
Tickets are priced at RM56 (C Reserve), RM84 (B Reserve), RM113 (A Reserve) and RM141 (Premium).
Box office hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10.30am-6.30pm; 9pm on performance nights; as well as Sundays from 12.00pm to performance time. Telephone bookings: 03-2331 7007; email bookings: [email protected]