As the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival began, J. BROOKS SPECTOR spoke with this year’s composer in residence, Peter Klatzow, and went to listen to some of the concerts that featured new music by South Africans. And was delighted to hear it all.
Now in its seventh year, the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival continues to grow in strength, variety and interest, and has become a must-attend event on the Johannesburg cultural calendar.
The brainchild of South African conductor-impresario Richard Cock in tandem with its artistic director, German pianist Florian Uhlig, the festival presents over ten days’ worth of varied concerts, recitals, master-classes, and even a few panel discussions.
While the connections to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – the ostensible core of the festival – can sometimes seem a tiny bit obscure, it doesn’t really matter, given the excellent quality of the performances so far.
The final concert on 8 February includes two works by South African composer Peter Klatzow (including a world premiere), as well as the all-too-infrequently-heard Beethoven Choral Fantasy, a work that makes use of a full orchestra, piano soloist, and some serious vocal resources.
Richard Cock explained that each year, festival artistic director Uhlig selects a thematic approach. This …
Source : Daily Maverick