The WA Mozarteum brings to life the musical world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the best loved of all composers in the Summer Mozart Festival.
Four varied concerts, three of which will be held in Kalamunda, will explore the music of Mozart and his friends, with readings from Mozart’s own letters.
Highlights include three of Mozart’s piano concertos (nos. 17, 18, 19).
Performers are some of Perth’s finest musicians, including principal members of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, led by violinist Margaret Blades.
Special guest artist is talented young piano virtuoso Shuan Hern Lee (Concerts 2, 3, 4).
Mozart and the Brothers Graf includes rarely heard works by two musical brothers, first a lively chamber symphony by Christian Ernest Graf (1723-1804), who the eight-year-old Mozart met in The Hague in 1764, then a lyrical quartet for two flutes, viola and cello by Friedrich Hartmann Graf (1727-1795).
The concert concludes with Mozart’s sublime Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major, composed in April 1784.
All three concertos performed in this festival (with piano soloist Shuan Hern Lee) have prominent parts for the woodwind instruments, and there is a true chamber music quality in the interplay between the piano and the woodwind soloists.
Mozart and Schubert highlights the veneration held by Franz Schubert for his “immortal Mozart”.
Born in Vienna just five years after Mozart’s death, Schubert grew up surrounded by Mozart’s music, becoming one of his most passionate admirers.
At the age of 19 Schubert composed his exquisite Symphony no. 5 in B-flat major, returning to the classical instrumentation of strings with one flute and pairs of oboes, bassoons and French horns, in homage to his beloved Mozart.
The concert concludes with Mozart’s magnificent Piano Concerto no. 18 in B-flat major, composed in September 1784.
The festival finale celebrates Mozart’s birthday (January 27, 1756), opening with his much loved Andante in C major, an enchanting gem for flute accompanied by strings, two oboes and two French horns, with soloist Emily Gunson, who lives in Clackline.
This is followed by an extraordinary Sextet in E-flat major for three woodwinds (flute, oboe, bassoon) and three strings (violin, viola, cello), composed by Ignaz Holzbauer (1711-1783), the Mannheim Kapellmeister who was greatly admired by Mozart.
The festival concludes with Mozart’s glorious Piano Concerto no. 19 in F major, composed in December 1784.