Rhinegold Photo credit: Ian Page conducts the Mozartists

Owen Mortimer

Classical Opera launches Re-Live

12:12, 29th May 2020

Classical Opera and its partner orchestra The Mozartists have launched RE-LIVE, a new initiative undertaken in collaboration with the recently established music platform Exit Live.

Each month between now and the end of the year, Classical Opera and The Mozartists will release an archive recording of one of their past concerts for paid download. Conductor & artistic director Ian Page writes: ‘To compensate for our current inability to give live performances, we are collaborating with Exit Live to make archive recordings of fondly remembered concerts available for moderately priced download. These monthly releases will enable us to maintain our close connection with our followers, and also to reach wider audiences across the globe, while also providing our wonderful artists with a thread of much-needed income during these difficult times. The majority of our total revenue from each recording will be shared directly and equally among every performer who took part in the concert.’

The first release, which is already available for download from the Exit Live website, is a recording of a concert given at London’s Wigmore Hall in May 2016, when the Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg joined Page and his period-instrument ensemble in a programme of masterpieces from the second half of the 18th century.

Hallenberg sings a fascinating selection of arias by Gluck, including his celebrated depiction of paradise in ‘Che puro ciel’ from Orfeo ed Euridice’ . The programme also features music by Mozart, culminating in Sesto’s magnificent ‘Deh, per questo istante solo’ from his valedictory La clemenza di Tito. The programme also features two rarely performed minor-key symphonies which hail from Hallenberg and Page’s homelands – the intense and fiery C minor symphony by Joseph Martin Kraus ’the Swedish Mozart’ and a G minor symphony by Mozart’s friend and mentor, J C Bach, known as ’the London Bach’.

Future releases in The Mozartists’ ‘RE-LIVE’ series will be announced in due course, and are due to include complete operas,.


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