The multiple Academy Award® winning motion picture Amadeus (1984) returns to the big screen with live orchestra and choir performing the soundtrack. Amadeus is a screen triumph; a sumptuous period epic, a soaring celebration of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Adapted from Peter Shaffer’s original stage play, Amadeus the motion picture stays true to its origins, highlighting the contrast between what Shaffer described as “the sublimity of his [Mozart’s] music and the vulgar buffoonery of his letters” which, “read like something written by an eight-year-old.”
Winner of eight Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, Amadeus tells the story of Viennese court composer Antonio Salieri and the envy that consumes him upon discovering that the divine musical gifts he has so longed for all his life have been bestowed on a bawdy, vulgar and impish young composer, Mozart. Salieri’s envy fuels his plot to destroy the man, while all the while unable to tear himself away from the genius of his music.
The soundtrack, performed with live orchestra and choir, is predominantly Mozart and Salieri’s compositions, with particular reference in soundtrack and story to the mysterious circumstances surrounding the commission and composition of Mozart’s only requiem mass.
Intermusica represents Amadeus Live in selected territories across North America, Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, New Zealand, UK and Ireland.
First Half: 102 minutes 42 seconds
Interval: 20 minutes
Second Half: 56 minutes 59 seconds
Total running time: 179 minutes 41 seconds (subject to slight adjustment)
- Orchestra, of either 62 or 52 depending on venue size
- Choir (SATB) of either 50 or 36 depending on venue size and professional standard of choir
- Piano Soloist
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Film Director: Miloš Forman
Film Producer: Saul Zaentz Company
Based on the original screenplay by Peter Shaffer
Amadeus Live is produced by Avex Classics International
As a conductor, Ludwig Wicki pursues many different genres and styles. As the Music Director of the Hofkirche, he cultivated sacred repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to contemporary music with an emphasis on classical music, particularly Haydn, J.S. Bach, and the masters of the Renaissance such as Palestrina, Monteverdi, and Schütz. Moreover, he has conducted concerts of late Romantic and Impressionist works, the Viennese classics and chamber ensemble performances featuring Stravinsky, Schönberg and contemporary works.
In 1999, Wicki founded the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra, which dedicates itself primarily to the performance of film music. The symphony’s seasons feature more than ten film music projects annually and include collaborations with renowned film music composers such as Howard Shore, Randy Newman, James Horner, Martin Böttcher, George Fenton and Michael Giacchino.
In 2008, Ludwig Wicki conducted the world premiere of The Fellowship of the Ring at the KKL Luzern with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. Since then he has conducted the piece in Munich, Washington D.C., Lyon, Sydney, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, and with his 21st Century Symphony Orchestra at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The world premiere of The Two Towers in 2009 and The Return of the King in 2010 followed as well as the 2011 world premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and the 2012 world premiere of the live performance of Fantasia.
Wicki serves as professor of chamber music and conducting at universities in Lucerne and Bern. In 2007, he was awarded the Recognition Award of the City of Lucerne.
Amadeus Live is an Avex Classics International Production
Whether it's bringing cinematic masterpieces to life by placing soundtracks front and centre or producing original theatrical and musical content, Avex Classics International are at the cutting edge of live classical entertainment. ACI's mission is to create, innovate and facilitate exciting and engaging experiences for artists and audiences alike. Established in 2014, Avex Classics International is a division of Japan’s leading entertainment business, the Avex Group.
"The remarkable achievement of a well-done live movie-and-music presentation is that you forget that the music is being performed separately. It becomes seamless and ordinary, simple and effortless."The Whole Note, October 2016
"Amadeus' reminds us that movies can be lyrical as well as vulgar, ambitious as well as playful, brilliant as well as down and dirty - just like Amadeus himself."Chicago Tribune, 2002
"Amadeus weaves a beautiful, tragic fable, enchanting to children and adults alike. It has gore, a pact with God, celebrity, a masked stranger, murder and some of the best music ever written."The Guardian, 2011
"Arguably the finest movie ever made about the process of artistic creation and the unbridgeable gap between human genius and mediocrity, it has taken its place in motion picture history and is invariably described as a masterpiece."BBC, 2015