The Mozartists

Sturm und Drang Vol. 2

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Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212063620
Catnr: SIGCD 636
Release date: 09 October 2020
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Signum Classics
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0635212063620
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SIGCD 636
Release date
09 October 2020
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The second volume in a ground-breaking seven-part series, The Mozartists and director Ian Page’s ‘Sturm und Drang’ recordings incorporate iconic compositions by Mozart, Gluck and, above all, Joseph Haydn, but it also includes largely forgotten or neglected works by less familiar names. All of the music featured on this second recording was composed between 1765 and 1770, with three turbulent minor-key symphonies alternating with sacred and operatic arias.

The ‘Sturm und Drang’ movement swept through all art forms in between the early 1760s and 1780s, with the general objective to frighten and perturb through the use of wildly subjective and emotional means of expression, envoking ground-breaking extremes of passion and sentimentality.

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The Mozartists were launched in 2017 as an extension of Ian Page’s work with his internationally acclaimed period-instrument ensemble Classical Opera. Their début recording, ‘Perfido!’ – a programme of concert arias by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven sung by British soprano Sophie Bevan – was shortlisted for the 2017 International Opera Awards, and was followed in 2018 by ‘Mozart in London’, which was selected as Recording of the Month in Gramophone and Limelight magazines.

Classical Opera and The Mozartists are among the world’s leading exponents of the music of Mozart and his contemporaries, and they are particularly renowned for their fresh and stylish performances, their ability to discover and nurture outstanding young artists, and their imaginative and illuminating programming. They have performed most of Mozart’s stage works, as well as operas by J. C. Bach, Gluck, Haydn, Arne, Telemann, Jommelli and Hasse, and in 2012 they embarked on a major new recording cycle of the complete Mozart operas. The company’s discography also includes ‘The A-Z of Mozart Opera’ (Sony Classics, 2007, re-launched on Signum Classics in 2014), ‘Blessed Spirit – a Gluck retrospective’ (Wigmore Hall Live, 2010), Thomas Arne’s Artaxerxes (Linn Records, 2011), and ‘Where’er You Walk’, a programme of arias composed for the celebrated English tenor John Beard, featuring Allan Clayton (Signum Classics, 2016). The company has presented staged operas at Sadler’s Wells, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Southbank Centre, Buxton Opera House and the Schwetzingen Rokokotheater, and frequent concerts at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican, Cadogan Hall and Kings Place. It has also appeared in France, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic, and in 2016 was invited to present the opening three concerts at the prestigious Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt. In 2015 the company launched MOZART 250, a ground-breaking 27-year project following the chronological trajectory of Mozart’s life, works and influences. Each year MOZART 250 explores the music being composed and performed exactly 250 years previously, thereby placing Mozart’s life and music in context, and this major initiative has already incorporated music by over thirty composers.

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