MOZART TO EÖTVÖS
A musical dialogue spanning centuries.
Thursday 24 november — 8pm
Lille – Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle
[ Price category 1 ]
± 1h45 with interval
Dialog mit Mozart – Da capo
Saxophone concerto, Focus
Commission from the ONL, the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and the Sinfonieorchester Basel
Symphony n°41, « Jupiter »
Elena Schwarz Conductor
Marcus Weiss Saxophone
Orchestre National de Lille
Acclaimed as a major composer, Peter Eötvös enjoys experimenting with the repertoire. In Dialog mit Mozart – Da Capo, the Hungarian composer uses incomplete fragments of music written by Mozart to create an imaginary dialogue across several centuries. Performed for the first time in France, the saxophone concerto, Focus, is construed as an encounter between “foreground” (the soloist) and “background” (the orchestra). Dedicated to the Swiss saxophonist, Marcus Weiss, the music recalls great jazz performers like Stan Getz and Sonny Rollins. For the grande finale, the conductor Elena Schwartz, who shot to fame in France at the Victoires de la Musique Classique competition in 2018, will conduct the unforgettable Jupiter Symphony, a Mozartian swan song.
A WORD FROM THE CONDUCTOR ON FOCUS BY EÖTVÖS
Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved the song-like sound of the saxophone. The idea for Focus came from filmmaking. Just as a camera zooms in on something specific, in Focus, the sound slowly homes in on the orchestra or the soloist, as if in slow motion.