Leif Ove Andsnes: Mozart Momentum 1785

July 1, 2021, 9:00 am

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Mozart Momentum 1785 is the first of two releases on which pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra explore the remarkable years of 1785/86 in Mozart’s life. In 1781, aged 25, Mozart made the bold move of going freelance. With both public and private concerts taking place on a daily basis, Vienna was the place to be for an ambitious young composer and performer, and Mozart was quick to realize the opportunities. Within a couple of years, he had established himself as one of the most famous musicians in Vienna. Mozart wrote a series of masterpieces and revolutionized the nature of the piano concerto. The concertos Nos. 20-24 are game-changers in the history of the form. Mozart began to re-examine the roles of the soloist and orchestra and created a dialogue between the two entities in a way that had not been heard before.