" These appealing renditions appeal to novice and cognoscenti alike."Fanfare Magazine, 06-7-2017
Moderntimes_1800 is a young Austrian chamber orchestra based in Tyrol comprising international specialists. It was founded in 2003 by Ilia Korol and Julia Moretti who set out to form an ensemble from a new generation of musicians, proficient both in historical performance and in the music of the 20th century.
Availing itself of the instruments and the playing styles of the time in which a work was created, moderntimes_1800 is of the firm conviction that the musical language of an epoch can find most vivid expression by using the musical means of that particular period.
Ilia Korol hails from Kiev, studied violin under Abraham Stern and Marina Iashvili at Moscow’s Music Academy and since 1997 has lived in Austria. In recognition of his artistic achievements he received Austrian citizenship in 2001.
He has performed as concertmaster of the Musica Antiqua Köln, the Bach Ensemble with Joshua Rifkin and the Spanish Baroque Orchestra RCOC and furthermore is member of the ensemble Ars Antiqua Austria and the Clemencic Consort. Ilia Korol has also featured on numerous CD recordings.
Natalia Grigorieva was born in Moscow in 1974 and studied piano at the Moscow Conservatory with Prof. Pavlova and Prof. Sobolev. Already after completing her studies Natalia Grigorieva was interested in historical performance practice and gave numerous concerts on 18th and 19th centuries original instruments or reconstructions of them.
Since 2000 Natalia Grigorieva has lived in Vienna and has taken Austrian citizenship. She trained as a designer and multi-media producer at the renowned SAE (School of Audio Engineering) in Vienna and has worked as a graphic artist and designer for numerous Austrian labels and artists.
Natalia Grigorieva has appeared as a soloist with the moderntimes_1800 orchestra in numerous concerts both in Austria and in other countries since 2003: for instance in the Wiener Festwochen, the Salzburg Festival, the RuhrTriennale 2005, the “Wege durch das Land” Festival, the Montreal Bach Festival and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose actual name is Joannes Chrysotomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a composer, pianist, violinist and conductor from the classical period, born in Salzburg. Mozart was a child prodigy. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. Along with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, Mozart is considered to be one of the most influential composers of all of music's history. Within the classical tradition, he was able to develop new musical concepts which left an everlasting impression on all the composers that came after him. Together with Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven he is part of the First Viennese School. At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position. From 1763 he traveled with his family through all of Europe for three years and from 1769 he traveled to Italy and France with his father Leopold after which he took residence in Paris. On July 3rd, 1778, his mother passed away and after a short stay in Munich with the Weber family, his father urged him to return to Salzburg, where he was once again hired by the Bishop. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death.
It can't be easy to have been a son of the great Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach was undoubtedly very strict, and if you'd have any composition ambitions, you would have to find a way to step out of the shadow of your father. Luckily, his sons had everything going for them considering their music. Whereas the traditional Baroque music of their father slowly went out of fashion, most of Bach's sons managed to follow the new trends of the early Classicism. In other words: relatively simple, melodic music which is not too heavy on the listener, yet still very passionate.
Carl Philipp Emanuel, Bach's fifth son, became the most outstanding among his siblings. Like each of Bach's sons, he received a solid education from his father, en Carl Philipp developed into a remarkably talented keyboardist. Moreover, he became a prolific composer and of all Bach's sons, he was able to came closest to the quality of his father's work, albeit in a completely different style.
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Fanfare Magazine, 06-7-2017