His music is unclassifiable to such an extent that it is impossible to pronounce the least analyses of the child prodigy. His wandering childhood enriched by numerous journeys let him come into contact with all of Europe’s musical modes of expression. Backed by his father, Mozart composed his first minuet aged six and a first opera at the age of eleven. Through his journeys and the services rendered in the courts of kings, he quickly gained the acclaim throughout Europe. A virtuoso pianist, the prodigy asserted the evidence of his style through his concertos and sonatas.
From 1782 onwards, Mozart composed with a feverish creativity and wrote his greatest masterpieces: yet he had but ten more years to live. Don Giovanni, the Mass in C minor, the Jupiter Symphony, the Requiem and the Magic Flute were to be composed during these last years between tours of France, Italy and Germany, commissions, hopes of love and creative anguish.
With an obvious ease, Mozart left works of disconcerting truth. Between classical balance and an innate sense of harmony and melody, the composer achieved a marvellous synthesis of his time. His inventiveness seems infinite; a miraculous grace touches the perfection of his melodies. Mozart achieves the perilous balance between emotion and intellect. From the angelic image to the mischievous imp filmed in Milos Forman’s Amadeus, Mozart remains an enigma. His music is timeless, yet it is a precious witness to his era. Nostalgic and melancholic, his music also conveys the joy, energy and impalpable movement of genius. The most well known composer of all time, Mozart was unique.
Paolo Arrivabeni, Jean-Louis Grinda – With Erwin Schrott (Don Giovanni), Patrizia Ciofi (Donna Anna), Sonya Yoncheva (Donna Elvira)...
Christoph Eschenbach, Sven-Eric Bechtolf – With Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Don Giovanni) and Luca Pisaroni (Leporello) – Salzburg Festival
The Berliner Philharmoniker at the Lucerne Festival 2013
Vladimir Jurowski, Jonathan Kent – Gerald Finley (Don Giovanni), Luca Pisaroni (Leporello), Kate Royal (Donna Elvira) – Glyndebourne Festival
Riccardo Muti, Pierre Audi – With Diana Damrau (Queen of the Night) and René Pape (Sarastro) – Salzburg Festival
Sylvain Cambreling, Ursel Hermann – Susan Graham (Sesto), Christoph Prégardien (Tito)
Live in Ramallah
Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan Memorial Concert
A recording session of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23. With Carlo Maria Giulini (conductor)
Verbier Festival Orchestra
25th Anniversary of the Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra
Jean-François Sivadier (stage director), Jérémie Rhorer (conductor), Le Cercle de l’Harmonie – Philippe Sly (Don Giovanni), Nahuel di Pierro (Leporello), Eleonora Buratto (Donna Anna)
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1985
Verbier Festival 2012