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.
RepertoireMozart: Symphony (movements 2, 5, 6 & 7) from Cassation in G, K.63
Queen Elizabeth Hall at 6pm: pre-concert talk by leading Mozart scholar Professor Cliff Eisen. Admission free.