Reflecting its internal structure, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra operates also musically in a democratic way. Starting with a concert at the Lucerne Festival, this tour mirrors that structure. Sharing the lead means passing around the musical focus, giving the score the full possibility of coming alive. The MCO, led by concertmaster Matthew Truscott, will meet with violinist Isabelle Faust, with whom they have been working together since 2008 and are strongly connected by the sense of chamber music playing they bring to ensembles of any size. Viola player Antoine Tamestit makes a first appearance with the MCO. The tour will explore an interesting pairing of pieces by Joseph Bologne and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in a tour that passes several summer festivals in Lucerne, Villach, Rheingau and Helsinki.
When Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was at the height of his fame in 1778 and acclaimed in Paris as a violin virtuoso and leader of the much-admired Orchestre de la Loge Olympique, Wolfgang Amadé Mozart was also staying in the French capital. And what is more, he even lived with the Chevalier under the same roof for a few weeks. The two must have at least run into each other, even if they did not know each other personally. Unfortunately, nothing regarding any encounter between them has been recorded. The Mahler Chamber Orchestra restages such a meeting of the minds, coupling the Chevalier’s terse D major Symphony with the Salzburg composer’s exuberant Linz Symphony. Isabelle Faust and Antoine Tamestit show how much inspiration Mozart took with him from the big city on the Seine with the charming Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola, which was written shortly after the Paris trip. It displays the fashion for concertante symphonies featuring several solo instruments that prevailed in France at the time.