The Mozartfest team was thrilled to read Rebecca Franks’ glowing 5 * review of Lucy Crowe’s performance with La Nuova Musica in The Times.
‘Her voice glittered as brilliantly as the crystal chandeliers in the Assembly Rooms, Bath’ – and this set the tone for a wonderful, exhilarating ‘fest’, full of outstanding performances.
From the opening notes of the Mozartfest’s Artistic Director’s own Nash Ensemble ‘firmly established as one of the country’s finest chamber music groups’, to the rapturous applause for the young pianist Eric Lu, just 21 years old and the winner of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition, it was clear that this was going to be a most memorable festival.
There were highlights aplenty, and sell-out concerts with tickets in hot demand. The wonderful baritone, Roderick Williams, with pianist Iain Burnside, took us away from Mozart (briefly) and on A Voyage around Hardy – interspersed with Schubert. And the outstanding English Chamber Orchestra ‘thrilled’ with a vibrant performance of works by Haydn and Mozart, led by the ‘ever charismatic’ Christian Zacharias both playing and conducting.
Gerald Parker, reviewing for Bristol Evening Post, praised this ‘fine festival’ and in summing up reminded music-lovers that ‘2020 will mark the thirtieth anniversary of this prestigious festival, and we should all look forward to what musical goodies Artistic Director Amelia Freedman has in store to mark this much anticipated landmark.’
Make sure you don’t miss out, on our 30th Anniversary celebrations.
The 2020 festival dates are Friday 13 to Saturday 21 November.
Meantime, listen in or listen again…
BBC Radio 3 recorded a number of Bath Mozartfest 2019 concerts. The performance with BBC New Generation Artists will be broadcast on Monday 27 January at 7.30 pm. We don’t yet have details of when the other concerts will air but will post details here as soon as we do, or visit www.bbc.com to check for Bath Mozartfest 2019 performances.