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1769: A Year in Music

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Ian Page and The Mozartists continue their ground-breaking MOZART 250 project with an exciting and wide-ranging survey of the year 1769.

Works by the 13-year-old Mozart are placed alongside works by his contemporaries, offering a fascinating insight into the musical landscape across Europe 250 years ago.

Described by The Observer as ‘among the most audacious pieces of classical music scheduling ever’, MOZART 250 travels back 250 years in time to follow the chronological trajectory of Mozart’s life, works and influences. The series has already thrown up some rare delights, and this retrospective of 1769 offers an intriguing cross-section of the musical scene across Europe as Mozart entered his teens.

The programme opens with a symphony comprising four movements from the 13-year-old Mozart’s vivacious Cassation in G, including an exquisitely lyrical adagio with an extended violin solo, and it closes with one of Haydn’s best-loved symphonies, of whose opening Allegro Richard Wigmore wrote ‘there is no more elementally exciting Haydn symphonic movement’. In between come a fascinating selection of arias, including highlights from Paisiello’s sparkling adaptation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote and an Ode by Thomas Arne composed for David Garrick’s 1769 Shakespeare Festival. Also included is a tender Mozart aria that was rediscovered so recently that it has not been assigned a Köchel number.

Rising stars Chiara Skerath and James Newby perform with Ian Page conducting his vibrant period-instrument orchestra The Mozartists.

Among the most audacious pieces of classical music scheduling ever
The Observer


The Mozartists
Ian Page conductor
Chiara Skerath soprano
James Newby baritone


Mozart: Symphony (movements 2, 5, 6 & 7) from Cassation in G, K.63
Arne: Thou soft flowing Avon; Tho' crimes and death from torture fly from An Ode upon Dedicating a Building to Shakespeare
Mozart: Cara se le mie pene
Paisiello: Venga pur, ma zitto zitto from Don Chisciotte della Mancia
Haydn: Son vecchio, son furbo from Le Pescatrici
Leopold Mozart: Allegro (1st movement) from Symphony in G (Neue Lambacher)
CPE Bach: Aria, Gott, sieh dein Volk from Die Israeliten in der Wüste (The Israelites in the Desert)
Gluck: Aria, Nochier che in mezzo all'onde from Aristeo (Act 2) from Le feste d'Apollo
Haydn: Symphony No.48 (Maria Theresia)

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