Mozart y Mambo: La Bella Cubana – Sarah Willis

September 12, 2023, 9:00 am

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“My dream of recording all four of the Mozart horn concertos has been fulfilled at last. Little did I know that this long-held dream would come true in Cuba of all places and with a Cuban orchestra! I have learned so much about Cuban music and how to dance Mozart along the way and, as a result, feel changed as a person and as a musician,” says Sarah Willis. With this album – La Bella Cubana – the Mozart y Mambo trilogy is complete. After two critically acclaimed albums, Willis concludes an adventure of a lifetime with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra and their conductor, José Antonio Méndez Padrón, by recording Mozart’s Concerto No. 4. Also on the album, three of her colleagues from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Jonathan Kelly, Wenzel Fuchs, and Stefan Schweigert, join her for Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for four solo wind instruments and orchestra. Of course, no Mozart y Mambo album would be complete without the Sarahbanda ensemble, who once again fuse Mozart with Cuban dance rhythms in Rondo alla Rumba. And what better way to say goodbye than with the most famous Cuban song of all time, Guantanamera!