The Mozartean Players


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Myron Lutzke, cello

Anca Nicolau, violin

Steven Lubin, piano / fortepiano

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The Mozartean Players, founded in 1979, is one of the oldest continuously active early-music organizations in America. It is also one of the most distinguished, as measured by all criteria: critical response, the breadth and volume of its performing history, the distinction of the auspices that have welcomed it, the influence it has borne on other musicians, and the quality of its recorded legacy.

Critical Response: The Mozartean Players has received a spectacular response worldwide for its live performances and recordings. A selection of more than one hundred excerpts were circulated when the group commemorated its 15th anniversary — see: Mozartean Players Reviews

Performing History: The group has performed under the auspices of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum in New York City (where it offered multi-concert seasons for five years), the Lufthansa Festival of London, the Tage alter Musik Festival of Regensburg, and scores of distinguished series in twenty-five states and other international auspices.

Artistic Influence: In its initial decade as a protean ensemble shifting from orchestral to varied chamber formats, the group reinterpreted the classical masterworks in period style in a long series of pathbreaking and widely publicized concerts in major halls in New York City. More recently the group has performed and recorded primarily as a trio, presenting early romantic works (Schubert and Mendelssohn) as well as Classical. These performances have served as models for many young artists at home and abroad.

Recordings: For the Arabesque label in the 1980s, the group recorded eight Haydn trios and four Mozart piano concertos (with Steven Lubin directing from the keyboard). Two additional piano-concerto recordings from this era have just appeared on the Classical Soundings label: CS1001. For Harmonia Mundi USA, the group recorded the complete trios of Mozart and Schubert, and the Mozart piano quartets (with guest violist David Miller).

The current configuration of the group as a piano trio is comprised of Steven Lubin, fortepiano, Anca Nicolau, violin, and Myron Lutzke, cello. The group's repertoire spans the era from Haydn through Schumann, the period during which the piano, starting as the delicate, five-octave, wooden-frame instrument of the classical period, changed gradually into the larger, early-romantic piano. A large proportion of the group's touring has involved Mr. Lubin's readily transportable five-octave Walter fortepiano replica, performing trios of Haydn, Mozart and early Beethoven. By special arrangement, the group also tours with its romantic Graf piano replica (both replicas by R.J. Regier), offering works by the later Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Schumann. The stringed instruments are accordingly in period disposition.

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