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30 Jan 2006

Mozart 250 — Barbican/St Giles Cripplegate, London,,1698002,00.html

bell_emma.jpgErica Jeal [The Guardian, 30 January 2006]

Where were Britain's great Mozartians on the composer's 250th birthday? That's right: Salzburg. Or Vienna, or Berlin - anywhere, in fact, but on a London concert platform. On any other day, the four concerts that made up the BBC's Mozart 250 - starting at lunchtime and continuing late into the evening - would have seemed like solid if unadventurous programming. But this was a celebration and, with the big hitters noticeable by their absence, it was critically low on glamour.

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