Irish Chamber Orchestra - Travelling with Mozart
Irish Chamber Orchestra and renowned actor, Stephen Brennan bring Mozart to life through sparkling letters interspersed with glorious music from Mozart’s travels.
Mozart spent ten of his thirty-five years travelling! We join a 14-year-old composer’s tour of Italy with his father, Leopold. In Milan, Mozart had his first opera success with Mitridate. Italian Minuets motivated Mozart, as Cellist István Várdai and ICO showcase Boccherini’s String Quintet in E Major, Op.11 No.5, lauded for its celebrated Minuet. Rome inspired Mozart’s Symphony No. 45 which brims with youthful vitality.
In later life, Mozart and family travelled to the Czech Republic where Prague became the catalyst for his bright, boisterous Prague Symphony with its beautiful Andante. It was there that he befriended the brilliant cellist and composer, Anton Kraft. Their celebrated Dresden performance of Kraft’s concerto was lauded by critics, including Beethoven. István Várdai and ICO ignite the Kraft concerto in this wonderful pot-pourri of music and words!