Mozart Week 2020
Welcome back – all aboard our ship!
Take a look at its bassoon and clarinet masts, its flute yardarm and its sails of scores, already filled by the wind. There are divertimenti in the air! music is not only the wind surrounding us and driving us forward, it is also the treasure trove on the bed of the ocean.
Welcome to the 2020 Mozart Week. This year, we will explore the music which Mozart composed for wind and brass and, consequently, take a closer look at the friendships which gave life to these masterpieces.
So, all aboard, join us on our ship. Mozart is the Harlequin helmsman donning his chequered suit of light and shade, the reckless captain who explores deep, uncharted territories, and the courageous sailor propelling our ship out of the currents and into the purest, most joyful light. Listen closely, and you can already hear the sailors of the infinite and sublime announce the beating of their oars; the wind begins to blow and the irresistible melodies are waking in the deep.
All aboard! Here we go!
Rolando Villazón, Artistic Director of the Mozart Week
During this week, four soloists – all of them undisputed masters of their instruments and celebrated performers of Mozart’s works – highlight the composer’s friends and guide us through Mozart’s masterworks.
Andreas Ottensamer reminds us of Anton Stadler, for whom Mozart composed the famous Stadler Quintet and the sublime Clarinet Concerto. Radek Baborák brings us closer to Joseph Leutgeb, for whom Mozart com posed the Horn Quintet and Horn Concertos. Emmanuel Pahud performs the Flute Concerto which Mozart wrote for Ferdinand Dejean, and François Leleux gives a nod to Friedrich Ramm, Mozart’s friend to whom he dedicated his Oboe Concerto as well as the Oboe Quartet.
Three well-known contemporary friends of Mozart will also take centre stage: Mitsuko Uchida continues her Mozart series with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Sir András Schiff begins a new series with his Cappella Andrea Barca, after completing series of the piano concertos and sonatas; in 2020, he embarks on his exploration of Mozart’s and Da Ponte’s operatic trilogy with Le nozze di Figaro, conducting the Cappella Andrea Barca, and an outstanding cast, from the piano forte.
Daniel Barenboim and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra begin a cycle of Mozart’s last ten symphonies and final eight piano concertos, spread out over the next four years.
COOPERATIONS AND STAGE PROJECTS
Our big stage project offers a truly extraordinary constellation: the great artist Robert Wilson stages one of the four Handel oratorios which Mozart reworked, as commissioned by his generous friend Baron van Swieten: the Messiah. Mozart translated the text into German, subtly re-ordered the work and, above all, re-wrote all the parts for winds and brass. Marc Minkowski, an old and close friend of the Mozart Week, returns to perform the oratorio with his Musiciens du Louvre and a hand-picked cast of singers.
Besides the Messiah, 2020 offers two more new stage projects: Pùnkitititi!, a work specially conceived and created by artist Doug Fitch for the Salzburg Marionette Theatre with Mozart’s music for pantomime, and Mozart Moves! – Seven Playlets, a creation that Rolando Villazón will stage in the Landestheater, featuring seven original works by celebrated writers Martha Batiz, John von Düffel, Tom Holloway, Shlomo Moskovitz, Guadalupe Nettel, Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt and Jorge Volpi. Each of them was inspired by divertimenti which Mozart composed exclusively for wind and brass instruments.
Continuing our quest to bring Mozart to the various Salzburg stages, we present two new and original shows: Mozart in the Wind, conceived and performed by Florian Willeitner and the Pool of Invention Ensemble at Szene Salzburg, and Les Sourds-Doués in the OVAL – Die Bühne im EUROPARK.
OUTSTANDING CONDUCTORS AND ORCHESTRAS
We are very pleased to welcome a host of formidable conductors. Kristiina Poska returns to conduct the opening concert with the Mozarteum Orchestra and a selection of wonderful young soloists in a programme which bridges the musical themes of 2019 and 2020. Andrew Manze conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Christina Pluhar makes her Salzburg debut with her ensemble L’Arpeggiata, interpreting another of Handel’s oratorios revised by Mozart, Andrea Marcon and La Cetra perform the Mass in C minor, Riccardo Minasi directs the Akademiekonzert, Lahav Shani conducts the Vienna Philharmonic and plays the piano solo in a programme which also features two of the orchestra’s young soloists in Mozart’s beauti ful Concerto for Flute and Harp, and Daniel Harding conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a closing gala which celebrates the musical focus of the week and anticipates the 2021 theme. There is no shortage of amazing chamber music programmes, with performers including Les Vents Français, the Kodály String Quartet and Éric Le Sage, soloists from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Armida Quartet and Mathilde Calderini, soloists from the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and Mojca Erdmann, the Takács Quartet, the Ebonit Saxophone Quartet and Kristian Bezuidenhout. We also continue our popular format of “Letters and Music”. This year, actor Florian Teichtmeister reads from letters Mozart wrote to his friends, while Paul Montag and Hugues Borsarello perform sonatas on Mozart’s original instruments. Finally, artistic director Rolando Villazón invites you to join him and a group of mariachis in serenading Mozart for his birthday, in a game of Mozart-themed Mexican Lotería interspersed with movements of Mozart’s Ein musikalischer Spass, or in conversation with Andreas Ottensamer, Mitsuko Uchida and Ulrich Leisinger, head of the Mozarteum Foundation’s research department.