Santa Barbara Symphony News

[Independent] Matthias Bamert Conducted an All-Mozart Program Saturday, November 23

November 26, 2013

After the Santa Barbara Symphony’s radical season opener last month featuring guest percussionist Ted Atkatz, it is easy to read November’s all-Mozart program as a conservative counterweight. If ever there was a tried and true repertoire to come home to, it’s Mozart’s Serenade No. 13, “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” and Symphony No. 25. Every movement of these two works belongs in Mozart’s “greatest hits” list — consonant, heavenly; this is the stuff of goodness and light. Yet, it is also music that deserves a careful listening, if for no other reason than that we think we know it so well.

Fortunately, guest conductor Matthias Bamert was at hand to help us listen anew. The Swiss-born conductor and composer, who got his start assisting George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra, brought special expertise to bear. Having not only extensively conducted Mozart, but many symphonies of his contemporaries, Bamert understands exactly how the master’s genius was a part of, and apart from, his time.

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[Casa Magazine] Weaving Mozart’s music

November 22, 2013

Swiss conductor Matthias Bamert, who will conduct an all-Mozart program with the Santa Barbara Symphony this weekend at the Granada Theatre, is an expert in the music of the Classic Period. Haydn and Mozart come immediately to mind as the giants of that era, but there were more. For many years the conductor of the London Mozart Players, Bamert recorded dozens of CD's with the orchestra including a 20 disk set called the Contemporaries of Mozart which helped the public discover the diverse and often brilliant composers of the era.

The experience gave Maestro Bamert a unique opportunity to study and compose Mozart to the others. "It was so interesting because we could then put Mozart into context," he explained. "We could judge, or try to understand the music of Mozart against the music of his contemporaries. After recording this series, I do think I understand Mozart better."

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[Scene Magazine] In perfect symphony

November 22, 2013

Forthcoming SB Symphony Season is A Master Work of Community Collaboration

When the Santa Barbara Symphony launches its all-mozart evening under the baton of guest conductor, Matthias Bamert, at the Granada on Saturday evening, the performance will represent a culmination of years of work by a team of dedicated and often unsung individuals.

By typically featuring seven pairs of concerts, with each pair producing its unique program, pulling the season together is no small undertaking for the Santa Barbara Symphony.

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[Noozhawk] Santa Barbara Symphony Goes All Out for Mozart

November 22, 2013

The last pair of regular concerts in 2013 by the Santa Barbara Symphony will take place at 8 p.m Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Granada Theatre.

There'll be a guest conductor on the podium — Matthias Bamert, former music director of the London Mozart Players — but no guest soloists. There will be many solo passages, but the first chair musicians of this symphony will certainly be able to manage them without any outside help.

Bamert being a well-known specialist in the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, it should come as no surprise that the program consists of three works by that composer, and none by anybody else. We will have Maestro Bamert's informed and authoritative reading of the Serenade No. 10 in Bb-Major for Winds and Double-Bass, K. 361/370a, "Gran Partita"; the Serenade No. 13 in G-Major, K. 525, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"; and the Symphony No. 25 in G-Minor, K. 183.

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[Scene Magazine] More than Mostly Mozart

November 22, 2013

This weekend's Santa Barbara Symphony program is an all-Mozart affair, led by noted Swiss guest conductor Matthias Bamert

A prospect of hearing a concert in the all-Mozart category, and not just "mostly Mozart," is good news to lovers and believers of the might of Amadeus, and potenially convert-winning to others who have yet to seet he light. That's the agenda at the Granada Theatre this weekend, when the Santa Barbara Symphony continues its season by turning over the podium to guest conductor Matthias Bamert, a strictly Mozartean menu.

Mr. Bamert, a Swiss-born musician who lived and worked in London for many years, is well equipped for the task at hand, having served as music director for the London Mozart Players, among many other positions over the decades. He was head of the prestigious Lucerne Festival in Switzerland for several years in the '90s, and in London, his adopted hometown, had occassion to lead a few of the few ensembles in that orchestra-rich city, including the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia and the BBC Symphony.

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[Independent] Matthias Bamert Presents Mozart in Context

November 21, 2013

S.B. Symphony Takes On an All-Mozart Program

How can you deepen your understanding of a great composer’s work? Some musicians study his life, his letters, or his society, hoping an accumulation of obscure facts will illuminate his intentions. Others prefer close analysis of the works themselves.

Although it wasn’t by design, conductor Matthias Bamert took an alternative approach to unlocking the mysteries of Mozart. He cultivated his insights by becoming acquainted with music written by the peerless composer’s colleagues and contemporaries.

“I do think I understand Mozart better, now that I know in what context he worked,” he said in an interview from his London home.

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