Mozart which is being hailed as one of the best productions of the first half of 2010 that has captivated musical lovers, is set to be released through OST.
was the center of attention from the start as the Vienna, Austrian musical that infused classical and rock music was to be performed in Korea for the first time. The music was created by the hands of world renown lyricist Michael Kunze and Grammy Award winning composer Sylvester Levay.
, which began showing on the 20th, garnered the attention of fans by bringing top notch musical actors such as Lim Tae Gyung, Park Gun Hyung, Park Eun Tae, Min Young Gi, Yoon Hyung Ryeol, Seo Bun Seok, Bae Hae Sun and Jung Sun Ah together on one stage.
Also, as news spread that TVXQ’s Xiah Junsu was cast as the lead role of Mozart and would be debuting as a musical actor, ticket reservation sites crashed and presented the musical with an explosive popularity. Xiah Junsu set the record for ‘All performances sold out’ and showed his enormous ticket power.
After the first performance, viewers didn’t hold back with their praises and said, “The large scale stage and amazing harmonies that perfectly portray the life of a genius musician left a lasting impression in our hearts and moved us deeply,” and “They did not let us down.”
In fact, the musical holds music of a great variation of colors ranging from an operatic aria to a majestic and overpowering orchestra piece, a powerful solo of the main character attempting to find his true self, a ballroom piece that portrays the jealousy and envy that pervades in Vienna, and a chorus that transitions from being bright and light to calm and sedated.
The 28-man live orchestra’s deep choruses create a sturdy foundation for the plot and bring a richer atmosphere to the performance.
After the performance, many said, “The ensemble and individual voices are extremely charming,” and “We want a Korean OST and DVD of the musical.” However, only the German version of the musical is available domestically and only slight previews of Park Eun Tae’s rehearsals give a glimpse into the Korean version of the songs.
A representative of the production company Ttaeyaruteu said on the 29th that, “We are currently preparing a Mozart OST, and we are making slight changes in the actors’ schedules to do so,” and “It will take around two weeks till it is released.” This means that we may be able to get the Korean version of the OST before or after the Lunar New Year.
However, the representative said, “Because this is a licensed performance, we have no plans to create a DVD as of now due to copyright issues.”
On the other hand, ‘s composer Sylvester Levay will be leaving Korea on the 30th. During his stay, he watched the performances at the Sejong Arts and Culture Center, and took pictures with his Korean fans.
He showed his content by saying, “I could not contain my amazement at how much passion and talent each of the characters have in Korean,” and “Each one of their voices tug at the heartstrings.”
The musical depicts Mozart’s longings for love and freedom through a blend of Rock’s passion, Pop’s sweetness and Jazz’s smoothness. It will be showing until February 21st in Seoul and then will be performing in Daegu, Changwon and Pusan.