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Orchestra Mozart | Claudio Abbado | Isabelle Faust
Lucerne, Switzerland
Saturday, 24 March 2012 - 6:30 PM
Presenter: Lucerne Festival
Ensemble: Orchestra Mozart
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Founding new orchestras—and encouraging young musicians to excel in the process—is Claudio Abbado’s great passion. According to the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,” he has “the equivalent of a green thumb when it comes to music. Whatever he touches begins to live, thrive, and bloom.” And it’s with his latest “child,” the Orchestra Mozart from Bologna, which he founded in 2004, that the maestro opens the Easter Festival. It goes without saying that their namesake is a part of the program. Indeed, it is precisely with their Mozart performances that Abbado and his protégés are treading new ground. Although they play on modern instruments, they incorporate aspects inspired by the historical performance movement—whether in phrasing, articulation, or the transparency of their sound. Most brilliant of all is the vitality and flexibility with which they play Mozart, giving the individual musical lines and voices of the music a plasticity reminiscent of actors who are appearing in an imaginary play.
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