Bath Mozartfest on BBC Radio 3.

You can hear some of this year’s Bath Mozartfest concerts on BBC Radio 3 daily at 1pm from Tuesday 26 November to Friday 29 November.  Artists featured are: Takács Quartet with Lawrence Power; Elizabeth Watts & Roger Vignoles; and Trio Wanderer.

Bath Mozartfest 2013 reviews.

Mozartfest 2013 attendees will not be at all surprised to hear that we have had some excellent reviews – national, regional and local – this year.

We were particularly pleased to read Rian Evans’ four-star review, covering the opening weekend, in The Guardian.  She said:  It would be wrong not to begin with Mozart, it is, after all, his festival – his and Amelia Freedman’s; her artistic direction makes this a remarkable annual celebration.  In the hands of the Takács Quartet his String Quartet K428 in E flat major had an air of studious calm, but also a veiled beauty.  But this was also an exercise in musical scholarship in the best sense: in both the Mozart and Beethoven’s Op 18, No 4 quartet, the conscious debt – each in his own way – to the mastery of Joseph Haydn, was constantly illuminated.  Being plunged into the highly emotional world of Smetana was a huge contrast, the opening cri de coeur given such vibrant immediacy by viola player Geraldine Walther as to pervade the whole work, even the seemingly nonchalant polka.  It is this ability to approach familiar music with wholly fresh eyes and ears that makes the Takács experience so rewarding.

Read the full review, including The Sixteen’s performance of Handel’s oratorio Jephtha in Bath Abbey, at:http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/nov/11/bath-mozartfest-takacs-quartet-review.

The ‘fest’s’ fanbase stretches far and wide, and Geoffrey Wheatcroft’s splendid preview in the New York Review of Books set the scene perfectly, and also paid tribute to our artistic director: ‘the festival’s animating genius is the energetic septuagenarian Amelia Freedman’.  Read more at:  www.nybooks.com/events/bath-mozartfest/.

BBC Music Magazine credited Bath Mozartfest as one of its ‘Unmissable Events for November 2013’, several of the broadsheets awarded Mozartfest concerts ‘critics choice’ status, and even Waitrose Weekend urged its customers to attend!

On home territory, The Bath Magazine said ’the Mozartfest is now the premier classical music festival in the South West’ and the Bath Chronicle has a raft of very positive reviews covering many concerts – read them all at www.bathchronicle.co.uk/reviews.

Dates for your diary:

Bath Mozartfest 2014
Friday 7 to Saturday 15 November

8th - 16th November 2013

Friday 8 November 2013

8:00pm / ASSEMBLY ROOMS
· Lawrence Power
· Takács Quartet

8th - 16th November 2013

Saturday 9 November 2013

11:00am / ASSEMBLY ROOMS
· Takács Quartet


3:00pm / ASSEMBLY ROOMS
· Alfred Brendel


6:30pm / BATH ABBEY
· The Sixteen
· Harry Christophers

8th - 16th November 2013

Sunday 10 November 2013

7:30pm / ASSEMBLY ROOMS
· Marwood and Madžar

8th - 16th November 2013

Monday 11 November 2013

1:00pm / GUILDHALL
· Leonard Elschenbroich
· Wu Qian


7:30pm / ASSEMBLY ROOMS
· Nash Ensemble

8th - 16th November 2013

Tuesday 12 November 2013

1:00pm / GUILDHALL
· Elizabeth Watts
· Roger Vignoles


7:30pm / ASSEMBLY ROOMS
· Trio Wanderer

8th - 16th November 2013

Wednesday 13 November 2013

1:00pm / GUILDHALL
· Xuefei Yang


7:30pm / ASSEMBLY ROOMS
· Schubert Ensemble

8th - 16th November 2013

Thursday 14 November 2013

1:00pm / GUILDHALL
· Heath Quartet


7:30pm / ST MARYS BATHWICK
· The Cardinall’s Musick
· Andrew Carwood

8th - 16th November 2013

Friday 15 November 2013

7:30pm / ASSEMBLY ROOMS
· András Schiff

8th - 16th November 2013

Saturday 16 November 2013

11:00am / ASSEMBLY ROOMS
· Vertavo Quartet
· Matthew Hunt


7:30pm / THE FORUM
· The Hallé
· Sir Mark Elder
· Jamie Phillips
· Alina Ibragimova