Fortepianist and Harvard scholar Robert Levin is playing with the Handel and Haydn Society this weekend under conductor Bernard Labadie. Several years ago at Worcester’s beautiful Mechanics Hall I was asked to launch questions at Bob about Mozart. His responses were for inclusion on a DVD which accompanies his brilliant Deutsche Harmonia Mundi recording of Mozart Sonatas. Well, it doesn’t take much launching to animate Robert Levin! His intimate knowledge of Mozart is so startling and compelling, it’s as if he knew the man personally. And it’s miraculous to hear Robert tearing into Mozart’s musical thinking. All that plus a thrilling education on the wonders of the fortepianos of Mozart’s time.
The responses are posted in three parts. The third one brings you directly into Mozart’s mind: