András Schiff plays and conducts Mozart

Cappella Andrea Barca

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Cappella Andrea Barca

Sir András Schiff — Pianist, conductor

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At the piano and conducting the orchestra, András Schiff offers a Mozart concert that is a pleasure for the eye as well as the ear.

To hear Mozart in the fantastic setting of the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, built by the architect Palladio at the end of the 16th century and which is a part of the UNESCO world heritage, is a gift the Hungarian pianist András Schiff gave the audience that evening in May in 2008.

At the head of the Cappella Andrea Barca, a chamber orchestra he founded in 1999, András Schiff first conducts the "Haffner" Symphony. Schiff is not content with being a virtuoso on the piano, he is also an excellent conductor and Mozart is a composer who suits him particularly well. Next comes the Overture of Don Giovanni which he goes straight into, conducting this time from the piano, with the Piano Concerto in D Minor as if it followed directly the Overture. Thanks to this dramatisation of the programme which perfectly matches the setting, the concert is a pleasure for the ear as well as the eye.

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