Continuing their complete Mozart opera recording cycle, The Mozartists’ latest release shines a light on two early opera works by Mozart.
Bastien und Bastienne is the only one of Mozart’s operas to have been written for performance in a private house rather than a theatre. Commissioned at some point in mid-1768 by the renowned and controversial German physician Franz Anton Mesmer, it tells the tale of two young shepherds, Bastien and Bastienne, being reconciled in love by the fortune teller and magician Colas after Bastien has briefly been lured away by the attractions of a noble lady from the city. This new recording uses Mozart’s original 1768 setting of the libretto by F. W. Weiskern & J. H. F. Müller, the provenance of which was only established in the 1980s.
The orchestra is the star of the show – BBC Music Magazine
Ian Page and his crack team are clearly having a lot of fun, which comes across in this excellent recording. It’s a treat to experience – Gramophone
Page’s Classical Opera project goes from strength to strength – The Sunday Times
If you are looking for a superb performance of one of Mozart’s young productions then this is very much the best place to invest – Music Web International
A little jewel not to be missed! – Crescendo (France)
Heavenly! – Stretto (Holland)
Ian Page’s subtle and dynamic gesture makes all the difference, and places his musical output among that of the best Mozartian interpreters of today – Classique News (France)
This CD is an ideal point of discovery both for those curious about Mozart’s earlier works and the Mozart connoisseur alike– BSECS