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András Schiff and his Andrea Barca Chapel at the Bologna Festival
The famous Hungarian musician presents a program dedicated to Mozart and Haydn
Organized by: Associazione Bologna Festival Onlus
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Bologna Festival Association Onlus Presents

“ 43rd Bologna Festival 2024 | Great Performers”
Guests of Bologna Festival, András Schiff and his Andrea Barca chapel will be the protagonists of the event Great Interpreters,  Tuesday May 7, 2024 (20.30) to Auditorium Theatre Manzoni, with a program dedicated to Haydn and Mozart.

In the double role of pianist and director, Schiff together with Barca Chapel will propose one of the legendary ones Symphonies "Londoners" from Haydn, the n. 99 written in 1794, framed by the two contiguous piano concerts of Mozart born in 1786, the Concerto in C major KV 503 and the Concerto in C minor KV 491.

And it is precisely Viennese classicism that is the repertoire of choice Andrea Barca chapel, established itself as the ideal interpreter of those pages, ever since András Schiff founded the orchestra in Salzburg in 1999, launching the complete set of Mozart's piano concertos. Gathering the new team around himself, the famous Hungarian maestro wanted to name it after a mysterious composer called Andrea Barca. The musician, however, is completely imaginary, the result of a linguistic joke: 'Andrea Barca' is in fact the literal translation into Italian of the name 'András Schiff'...

Pianist, director and musical organizer Andras Schiff was awarded the “A Life for Music” Award last March, an authentic Maestro who dedicated his life as an artist «to the deepening and diffusion of the highest tradition of Western music. From Johann Sebastian Bach to Mozart, from Beethoven to Schubert. His piano art stands out not only for his technical mastery and respect for the text. But for the fidelity to a quality of intimate and agile beauty, witty, without rhetorical fillers, always far from any easy effect. “Classic” in the truest sense of the term." András Schiff is not in fact the typical virtuoso who electrifies crowds with outward poses; he is rather a philosopher of the keyboard who excavates sound and structure with rigorous results compared to tradition.


(Photocredit Nadja Sjöström, Priska Ketterer)
András Schiff and his Andrea Barca Chapel at the Bologna Festival

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The songs on the program

Composed in 1786, the Concerto in C minor KV 491 opens the second period of Mozart's piano concerts with several new features, starting from the choice of the key of C minor, full of mysterious nocturnal associations, and from the instrumentation which by adding the oboes to the clarinets achieves a level of timbral richness never achieved before. A few months pass and December 4, 1786 Mozart makes up the Concerto in C major KV 503, which compared to the previous one appears more monumental in its orchestration, being intended for performances of a certain solemnity.

Returning to Vienna in 1793, two years after Mozart's death, Haydn wrote the Symphony no. 99 in E flat major, the seventh of his "London symphonies", so called because they were intended to be performed in the British capital. Reviewing the first London performance on 10 February 1794, the Morning Chronicle wrote that “it excites and flatters every emotion of the soul”. A symphony in which Haydn uses clarinets for the first time, it had great success with the public, so much so that the first movement was encored.


Andrea Barca chapel
András Schiff pianoforte, director


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto in C major KV 503 

Franz Joseph Haydn
Symphony no. 99 in E flat major Hob.I:99

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto in C minor KV 491

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