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Top Pick: Mozart Week Festival

While the musical works of the prolific Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are regularly performed throughout Slovakia, enthusiasts get a concentrated dose of his music and storied life every year at the Festival of Mozart Week (February 18 - 25) in Bratislava.
The festival will focus on selections from the composer's less famous scores, and will showcase leading Slovak musicians while introducing the latest original pieces by composers heavily influenced by Mozart's music; 'Concertino for Mozart' by Slovak composer Miro Bázlik will be among this year's fare.


Quartetto d'Archi di Venezia (Venice Quartet).
photo: Courtesy Slovak Philharmonic

While the musical works of the prolific Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are regularly performed throughout Slovakia, enthusiasts get a concentrated dose of his music and storied life every year at the Festival of Mozart Week (February 18 - 25) in Bratislava.

The festival will focus on selections from the composer's less famous scores, and will showcase leading Slovak musicians while introducing the latest original pieces by composers heavily influenced by Mozart's music; 'Concertino for Mozart' by Slovak composer Miro Bázlik will be among this year's fare.

Stressing the work of Mozart as a young genius, the first orchestra concert this year will be a symphony he composed at the age of eleven. A closing symphony, one serenade and a piano concerto, all of which were composed during Mozart's tender years, will also be performed.

Mozart's most notable string quartets will be presented by Italy's renowned Quartetto d'Archi di Venezia (Venice Quartet) on Saturday, February 24. The group will also introduce audiences to the works of Mozart's Italian contemporary Luigi Boccherini.

Along with the multiple Mozart masterpieces, the festival will also present compositions from German composer George Frederick Händel, whom Mozart was said to have revered, on Thursday, February 22, performed by the Slovak Orchestra led by Ewald Danel and featuring the promising young pianist Ladislav Fančovič.

The star of the week's festivities will undoubtedly be world-famous French horn player Radovan Vlatković of Austria, who, besides performing, will also hold a lecture on the instrument Monday, February 19.

Festival-goers will also be offered a non-musical slice of Mozart's life when Austrian actress Liliana Niesielska reads passages from letters written by Mozart himself (on Tuesday, February 20).

Most performances at the Week of Mozart Festival are scheduled to begin at 18:00 at Primaciálny Palace on Primacialne námestie 1, Mozart Hall at the Austrian Embassy on Ventúrska 10, and at the Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic on Palackého 10. Tickets and an exact schedule can be obtained at Mestské Kultúrne Stredisko on Uršulínska 11. Tel:5443 2942.

By Zuzana Habšudová

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