Mozart 250: 1768 – a retrospective

Mozart 250: 1768 – a retrospective The Mozartists, Ian Page, Chiara Skerath Wigmore Hall. 23 January 2018 Classical Opera’s ambitious ‘Mozart 250’ project is now in its fourth year. The project started in 2014, taking its title from the number of years since Mozart’s childhood visit to London (1764) when he composed his first significant … Continue reading Mozart 250: 1768 – a retrospective

Mozart 250 – ‘Capricious Lovers’ & ‘An Exotic and Irrational Entertainment’

Mozart in London Festival Classical Opera, Ian Page Classical Opera launched their ambitious ‘Mozart 250’ project with a ‘Mozart in London’ Festival weekend of events at Milton Court.  The 250 of the project’s title refers to the years since Mozart’s childhood visit to London (23 April 1764), during which he composed his first significant works. … Continue reading Mozart 250 – ‘Capricious Lovers’ & ‘An Exotic and Irrational Entertainment’

Gluck: Bauci e Filemone & Orfeo

Christoph Willibald Gluck Bauci e Filemone & Orfeo (from Le feste d’Apollo) Classical Opera/The Mozartists. Ian Page Queen Elizabeth Hall. 29 May 2019 As a continuation of their Mozart 250 project, Classical Opera travelled back 250 years to explore the year 1769 with extracts from Gluck’s Le feste d’Apollo, composed for the wedding celebrations of 15-year-old Ferdinand, … Continue reading Gluck: Bauci e Filemone & Orfeo

Mozart in London

Mozart in London A musical exploration of Mozart’s childhood visit to London, 1764-65 The Mozartists, Ian Page Signum Classics SIGCD534. 2 CDs. 77’36&67’14 The Classical Opera/Mozartists Mozart 250 project has been underway for four years, with a number of successful recordings and events already under their belt. This (rather delayed) review of a double CD set … Continue reading Mozart in London

Mozart: Grabmusik & Bastien und Bastienne

Mozart: Grabmusik & Bastien und Bastienne Classical Opera, Ian Page Signum Classics, SIGCD547. 66’24 This recording is almost certainly the first performance of Mozart’s original setting of Bastien und Bastienne since its original (and only) performance at the home of the person who commissioned it 250 years ago in 1768 – Dr Franz Mesmer, of mesmerism fame. … Continue reading Mozart: Grabmusik & Bastien und Bastienne

Haydn: Applausus

Haydn: Applausus: Jubilaeum Virtutis Palatium The Mozartists, Ian Page Cadogan Hall, 15 March 2018 In what was almost certainly the first live UK performance of Haydn’s Applausus Cantata (Jubilaeum Virtutis Palatium, Hob XXIVa:6), the Mozartists (the concert-performing wing of Classical Opera) opened the 2018 season of their ambitious Mozart 250 project. This started in 2015, the 250th anniversary … Continue reading Haydn: Applausus

Classical Opera: Apollo et Hyacinthus

Mozart: Apollo et Hyacinthus Classical Opera, Ian Page, Thomas Guthrie St John’s, Smith Sq. 13 June 2017 ‘Lambach’ Symphony in G; Grabmusik, Apollo et Hyacinthus As part of their ambitious Mozart 250 project (presenting Mozart’s music on the anniversary of their composition, culminating in 2041), Classical Opera presented the last of four concerts focussed on 1767, … Continue reading Classical Opera: Apollo et Hyacinthus