The recordings featured in this set are taken from a weekend of concerts held at London’s Milton Court in February 2015. This ‘Mozart in London’ festival was one of the flagship projects in the first year of conductor Ian Page’s ground-breaking MOZART 250 series, and represented the first ever extensive retrospective of the music that was being written and performed in London during Mozart’s childhood stay in the English capital.
MOZART 250 is an ambitious 27-year project which seeks to retread the steps of musical history and explore the trajectory of Mozart’s life, music and influences in chronological sequence. Each year Ian Page and his ensemble are devoting part of their programme to an exploration of the music that was being composed by Mozart and his contemporaries exactly 250 years previously. The series will incorporate historically informed performances of all Mozart’s significant vocal and orchestral works, including all his operas and concert arias and most of his symphonies and concertos, each performed during the year of its 250th anniversary.
It will also explore the music being written by Mozart’s contemporaries—not only those works which inspired and influenced him but also those with which he was probably not familiar but which nevertheless represent significant landmarks or intriguing byways along the path of musical history during Mozart’s lifetime. MOZART 250 was launched in January 2015, and will continue until 2041, the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s death.