All of Mozart
solo Clavier works
A few words from
Pooya Radbon, producer of the project:
This project will be a world premiere in its kind! over 15 original keyboard instruments of the 18th century that could be available to Mozart in Vienna, Salzburg and other places he travelled and played are going to be recorded for the YouTube channel of EFM for all Mozart and fortepiano lovers worldwide by over 10 historical keyboardists on various fortepianos, harpsichords, clavichord, spinet, tangent piano and pantalon.
This variety opens a new sight over Mozart's keyboard music that has mostly been played either on the modern piano or sometimes on copies of ca.1803 Anton Walter fortepiano (sometimes on even later pianos!) that hardly can reflect any qualities of what really those of Mozart's time heard or played.
Walter pianos were rapidly changing in design and needless to say, the need of more virtuosic playing and loudness pushed leading makers like Walter to make more robust, louder and less refined than more colorful and more 18th century-like instruments like those of Stein, Schmahl and many others.
Also in England pianos were becoming louder and louder so pianos from 1780s, a 1790s and a late 1790s-early 1800s were very different in what they were offering in terms of sound and style.
Considering these facts and more facts that are going to be discussed in our informative videos of this project we decided to give it the goal and start a unique and fruitful project, featuring these special instruments with all their varieties and stylistic aspects, actions etc. but also featuring some of our time's best Mozartians who not only play Mozart but have lived with Mozart's music passionately by studying sources, practicing historically informed and inspired by the very nature of Mozart's music, moving the listener and not just playng notes in the right order and technically well.
To be able to make this project, we do need your financial help. Our association needs to pay the musicians and also a small amount for preparing the instruments (maintanance, tuning etc.) and in better case transporting them to places were Mozart travelled (Paris, London, Vienna, Italy, Germany and Prague) but also recording these videos professionally and editing costs needless to say. All this can only happen with your help!
The idea of this project came when I was very young and YouTube was around 4 years old! I spent many of my hours of my life with Mozart's music, finding and restoring keyboards of his time and now after spending 11 years on Mozart period pianos I am pleased to say that over 60 keyboards of this collection from which over 15 will be ready for this project are available in our Museum/Academy which is meant to be a living museum, meaning: historical pianos are not exposed as old nice furniture but are restored and are being restored one by one to serve the early music society but also coming back to life and practice for which they were born/made by great masters of the past who did not make them to deserve a museum cellar or show-room where they have ethickets of ''Do not touch''!
The choice of the instrument is just the beginning! only on a strong ground one can build an inspired performance practice that is related to the composer instead of free-out of style fantasies affected by romantic composers...
I have chosen the most talented and anthusiastic Mozart players of our time being famous or not. Mozart's music deserves knowledge and passion, not fame and credit!
I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect.