Feb 17 2012 by Alison Anderson, Perthshire Advertiser Friday
THE third concert in the acclaimed Mozart series by internationally-renowned chamber musicians Susan Tomes and Erich Hobarth in Perth Concert Hall is next Saturday at 7.30pm.
This four-part exclusive to Perth Concert Hall explores Mozart’s violin and piano music in the context of his solo piano composition.
The series was devised by pianist, writer and broadcaster Susan Tomes who for each of the concerts is partnered by Erich Hobarth, leader of Quatuor Mosaiques and Concentus Musicus of Vienna.
With two down, and two to go, Susan told PA Arts: “Playing this series of concerts in Perth has been one of the highlights of the year for me.
“It’s not often that one has the chance to return somewhere four times in the same season, so it feels as if Erich and I have had a little ‘artistic residency’ in the Concert Hall, and we are very grateful to James Waters (creative director of music at PCH) for hosting it.
“It’s been a great treat to immerse ourselves so deeply in Mozart for a year, practising his early works alongside his late compositions – not that one can really use the word ‘late’ about someone who died at the age of 35! It’s incredible how much Mozart managed to pack into his short life.
“I feel that playing so much Mozart has had a good effect on me this year – a calming, cheering effect.”
This year Susan and Erich have also explored the many different ways a person can travel from Vienna to Perth – not something Mozart ever had the opportunity to do!
Susan explained: “Erich lives in Vienna, as Mozart did, and has made the journey to Perth in various ways this season: through London, through Frankfurt, through Munich, and of course through Edinburgh.
“Erich has loved seeing a little of the Perthshire scenery and is thinking of bringing his wife Nadja to the final concert in May so they can spend some time travelling in Perthshire and further north when the concert’s over.”
The London-based Scot concluded: “It’s been great to play in the lovely Perth Concert Hall and on the beautiful piano they have there. Our audiences have been particularly warm, and we’re grateful to all those who made the effort to come to all the concerts, even travelling up from England to do so.
“We’re still hoping to increase the size of the audience for the third and fourth concerts, next Saturday and on Wednesday, May 2.”
The two remaining ‘Mozart Music for Piano and Violin’ concerts both start at 7.30pm. Tickets on 01738 621031 or www.horsecross.co.uk