"mostly mozart in the jungle "
by Joel Rozen | Jul 26, 2017 "In terms of sheer thematic diversity, last night’s gala opener for the 2017 Mostly Mozart festival was more-than-mostly terrific, juxtaposing the Austrian prodigy’s “Haffner” Symphony with choral works performed by the exceptional Young People’s Chorus of New York City. "But tack on a little symphonic Beethoven and some particularly zany hosting patter from Bernadette Peters, and you start to lose focus, or at least some sense of, um, what matters mostly: letting Mozart’s oeuvre speak for itself, without the help of clever motifs, conceits, or framing devices. "The concert—which marked the start of Lincoln Center’s 51st annual, month-long salute to the music of Mozart and dashes on for another night at David Geffen Hall—was titled “The Singing Heart” and aimed to showcase the “sense of optimism” so pervasive in Mozart’s Classical- and Enlightenment-era lifetime. For artistic director Jane Moss and music director Louis Langrée, this meant devising a program that would serve as appropriate send-off to this year’s heterogeneous season, one distinguished by Schubert and a high-profile performance of Don Giovanni." "The concert concluded with a ravishing rendition of Beethoven’s Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus and orchestra, a mammoth rhapsody for which the Young People’s Chorus was joined by the Concert Chorale of New York, as well as 25-year-old wunderkind pianist Kit Armstrong. Though the piece is stentorian and vintage Beethoven, it has moments of intimate spontaneity I found extremely refreshing—and even a bit unusual for the composer—with the piano often engaging in clipped musical conversation with flutes, reeds, and chorus." #KitArmstrong photo by Caroline Doutre
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