Leif Ove Andsnes: Mozart Momentum 1786

May 2, 2022, 9:00 am

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Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra follow their award-winning Mozart Momentum 1785 release with its partner album, focusing on the composer’s extraordinary creativity in the year 1786. “When you realize how quickly Mozart developed during the early years of the 1780s, it makes you ask: why did this happen? What was going on? It’s about the momentum of his creativity at this time,” says Andsnes. In 1786, the white-hot inspiration of Mozart’s work on his opera The Marriage of Figaro spilled over into the composer’s piano concertos and chamber music. Suddenly, Mozart’s music was filled with a new spirit of conversation, deeper layers of meaning, and fuller explorations of instrumental and human character. The double-album Mozart Momentum 1786 includes the Piano Concertos Nos. 23 and 24, Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Piano Trio in B-flat major, and concert aria Ch’io mi scordi di te? featuring guest soprano Christiane Karg.