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Friday, July 19, 2013

Angela Hewitt and the NAC Orchestra record Mozart

OTTAWA, July 18, 2013 – The day has arrived : Angela Hewitt and the NAC Orchestra record Mozart on international record label Hyperion!

Celebrated pianist Angela Hewitt makes history today in her hometown as she and the National Arts Centre Orchestra perform their exquisite Mozart concert and the audio engineer from Hyperion keeps the digital tracks.  The concerts are part of the first recording project for the full NAC Orchestra in 10 years, and the NAC is proud to open the doors tonight to welcome the live concert audience. A small number of tickets are still available for both concerts.

Superstar Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu guides the Orchestra through the beautiful repertoire – and the audience at the performances is part of the recording, preserving the excitement inside the NAC’s Southam Hall for all time.

Performances are at 7:30pm tonight (July 18) and Friday night (July 19)

These concerts are very special and important ones for me, Hannu Lintu and the NAC Orchestra. Many concerts come and go; certain ones are remembered for their special qualities; these two will be part of a recording that will remainlong after all of us are gone. A radio or internet recording is one thing (usually aone-off performance). A CD recording is something else entirely. We are seekingan interpretation that is far beyond the ordinary. Your (silent!) participation isextremely valuable to us! One often finds a greater inspiration and motivation infront of an audience. You will be hearing two of Mozart’s greatest piano concertos. Two that featurethe winds as real soloists in the musical dialogue. The C minor is tragic; the E-flatis joyful. They were written within a few months of each other. Both have manysublime moments. Both put great demands on all the musicians involved. It isour hope that we will do them justice!”— Angela Hewitt

The Artist :

 Angela Hewitt is a phenomenal artist who has established herself at the highest level over the last few years not least through her superb, award-winning recordings for Hyperion. Completed in 2005, her eleven-year project to record all the major keyboard works of Bach has been described as “one of the record glories of our age” (The Sunday Times) and has won her a huge following. She has been hailed as “the pre-eminent Bach pianist of our time” (The Guardian) and “nothing less than the pianist who will define Bach performance on the piano for years to come” (Stereophile).

The Collaboration:

Angela Hewitt’s cycle of Mozart Concertos has begun. Rave reviews followed the Hyperion disc release in May 2013 of Angela Hewitt performing with the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova. Tonight, the Mozart cycle goes two concertos further, in an historic live performance with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the NAC in Ottawa.

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