Genius without borders: Mozart at 20

The recording of Mozart’s complete piano concertos in 1990 was a milestone in the history of Anima Eterna Brugge, which grew from a fledgling baroque chamber ensemble into a full-blown symphony orchestra. It first spread its wings to the international scene when it toured Japan. And with Wolfgang Amadeus at its side, Jos van Immerseel and his fellow musicians continued to soar skywards. This season, Anima has once again immersed itself in Mozart, with a production devoted to four pieces by the genius as a twentysomething. While the trademark of Symphony No. 33 is chamber music at its most light-hearted, No. 29 is pure orchestral drama thanks to the “richest and most dramatic finale that Mozart had written thus far”, according to biographer Alfred Einstein. Next, the Rondo Allegretto provides a surprising ending to the Serenata Notturna, with its unusual combination of two groups of strings and timpani. Finally, a spot in the limelight is reserved for Jane Gower, who is the soloist in Mozart’s only existing bassoon concerto: a playful and lyrical piece with a dash of Figaro!