Gramophone features AAM's pandemic Mozart project

Gramophone features AAM's pandemic Mozart project

Gramophone website has published an article by AAM’s CEO telling the story of how the orchestra defied the odds of the pandemic to continue recording the celebrated Mozart Piano Concerto Cycle with Robert Levin, which it started in 1993.

He writes: ‘By the time of our January 2022 sessions, we had a new problem: Omicron, its implications for Robert’s travel, and its extreme transmissibility, even with everyone vaccinated. As we went into the Christmas break, the band was fixed to start recording on January 2. By New Year, six players had had to withdraw because they were isolating, and our principal timpanist had to withdraw during the actual sessions themselves.’

He explains how the pandemic has tested the organisation: ‘Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve had to make detailed plans for all contingencies and adapt them as projects develop – probably only 20 per cent of plans have turned out the way we expected initially. Fiona McDonnell, our Head of Planning and Operations, has had to keep track of the regulations as they develop, tease out all their implications and think about how to mitigate any issues. Having alternate strategies has been vital, but it’s hugely time consuming and taxing.’

Read about the many obstacles AAM faced with the project, and how we managed to overcome them.