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MOZART Serenade No 10 'Gran Partita'
Mark Simpson concludes his residency at this year's Lammermuir Festival directing our wind players in one of Mozart’s greatest and best-loved works. The 'Gran Partita' for 13 Winds is unique – richly scored with pairs of basset horns as well as clarinets, oboes and bassoons.
Its glorious Adagio, popularised by the movie Amadeus, is one of the composer’s most perfect utterances. Mark Simpson also directs Geysir, his own tribute to the Mozart which he says has "beautiful sonorities, perfect voicings, endless invention and emotional directness".
"Don't underestimate ... the dazzling breadth of his talents. Astonishingly, [Simpson] is at least as good at playing the clarinet as he is at writing music." The Times