Friday July 10, 2020

Rolling back the years to the ‘authentic’ Mozart

Figaro moves into a Downton Abbey setting

14th February, 2016
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Freiburg Baroque Orchestra will perform a night of authentic Mozart at the National Concert Hall on February 29Picture: Marco Borggreve

What would Mozart, Haydn and Vivaldi – and even Beethoven – think if they were around today to hear their masterpieces played on the instruments of the 21st century?

It’s worth contemplating, since instruments have changed dramatically since their times. This includes such things as steel strings instead of sheep gut for violins, valves inserted in brass instruments, metal instead of wood for flutes, and percussion pedals for pianos. On top of that, new instruments...

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