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A Musical Portrait: Marc Minkowski

20 JUN 2011

published in: Opera, General

Marc Minkowski, Photo: Philippe Gontier/Naive
This summer, the Salzburg Festival presents all three Da Ponte operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, directed by Claus Guth. The stage director will continue to develop his versions of the operas. This includes the element of sound as well: Le nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte will be interpreted by new orchestras, while Don Giovanni remains in the trusted hands of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Marc Minkowski and his orchestra Les Musiciens du Louvre • Grenoble will be responsible for the musical new production of Così fan tutte. Having come to fame with French repertoire in historically informed performance practice, Minkowski is considered one of the world’s leading Mozart specialists today. The designated Artistic Director of the Salzburg Mozart Week has celebrated great triumphs with Mozart operas: before he had turned 30, he had already conducted Le nozze di Figaro. Don Giovanni followed in Toronto, Die Zauberflöte at the RuhrTriennale, Idomeneo as part of the Mozart Week and the celebrated Mitridate in the Mozart Year of 2006 in Salzburg.

So far, Così had been missing from his repertoire: to perform the Da Ponte opera at the Salzburg Festival using historic instruments is a great responsibility and challenge for his orchestra Les Musiciens du Louvre.

Rainer Elstner has created a musical portrait of the Mozart interpreter Marc Minkowski, which also discusses Mozart’s “philosophical treatise on love, faithfulness, female simple-mindedness and male machismo, and the uprising of the serving classes”.

Podcast: A musical portrait of Marc Minkowski

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Listen to excerpts from a DGG recording of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony K. 551 as well as the Symphony in G minor K. 550 with Les Musiciens du Louvre • Grenoble under Marc Minkowski (2006, CD |D|D|D| 000289 477 5798 6 |A|H|).

The recording is used by kind permission of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH. You can order the recording under http://www.deutschegrammophon.com/cat/single/?PRODUCT_NR=4775798