"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
THE MOZART QUESTION
Shakespeare's Telling Tales at the
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Morpurgo's short story about musicians who survived the concentration
camps of the Holocaust comes to the candlelit Sam Wanamaker
Playhouse, with the master story-teller in person reading the role of
Paolo Levi, who shares
his memories over the mint tea, and
Alison Reid covering
the cub reporter and a host of other characters.
unique presentation is made really special by the presence of four
music stands, each with candles, for string quartet The
Storyteller's Ensemble, who punctuate the narrative with appropriate
musical offerings. They are fronted by the outstanding violinist
Daniel Pioro, playing the music that made the fictional fiddler a
household name. - “the most famous musician on the planet”.
there's spirited, witty Vivaldi for Venice, Bach for Benjamin
Horowitz the veteran busker, a seductive Czardas, Lascia ch'io
pianga, and plenty of Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for the Camp,
and, as a finale, a concerto movement representing Levi's 60th
Birthday Concert on the South Bank, with a heartfelt cadenza from
Pioro. And not to forget the Quartettsatz for Scissors, conducted
with a comb, an early memory of the barber's shop behind
perfect blend of words and music, made more memorable by the
candle-light and the wonderful acoustic. It deserves a longer, better
publicised run – the 2018/2019 Winter Season, perhaps.
one of Michael Foreman's illustrations for the original book