Announcing a new Artistic Partnership with Leif Ove Andsnes, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra launches a brand new project website for the Mozart Momentum 1785/86:

Leif Ove Andsnes became the Mahler Chamber Orchestra’s first Artistic Partner during the Beethoven Journey, a four-year project (2012 – 2015) which took the artists across the globe for over 70 live performances and resulted in award-winning recordings of the complete Beethoven piano concertos on Sony Classical. This spring they reunite for a second Artistic Partnership which sees the launch of a new four year project (2019 – 2022), Mozart Momentum 1785/1786, dedicated to the music of Mozart.

With Mozart Momentum 1785/1786, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Leif Ove Andsnes embark on an exploration of two especially remarkable years in the history of classical music. In 1785 and 1786, Mozart wrote a series of masterpieces reinventing the nature of the piano concerto. In this period, he began to re-examine the roles of the soloist and orchestra, thus developing aspects of communication and dialogue between the two entities in a way that had not been done before.

“When you go on several tours with the same musicians, performing the same works for so long, you reach a special, shared understanding of the colours, emotions and musical character you’re all trying to evoke. This common goal can make for a great feeling of spontaneity in live performance.” said Leif Ove Andsnes of the partnership. “It’s a huge pleasure and gift to a group of collaborating musicians to have that time to find freedom together,” added MCO concertmaster Matthew Truscott, who will again be leading the orchestra.