Ruth Leon recommends… Mozart’s Prague – Australian Haydn Ensemble – Slipped DiscSlipped Disc

Norman Lebrecht

20 December 2021

Mozart’s Prague – Haydn Australian Ensemble
Click here for tickets: AUD $ 24

December 18 and then for 72 hours Australian time

You have to pedal fast if you want to catch this one. It is only available until Wednesday. Looks like it may be worth it. it’s the australian Haydn set broadcast live from City Recital Hall, Sydney.

I particularly like the AHE program notes which are very informative:

“AHE presents an orchestral program featuring the work of Mozart Prague Symphony, its breathtaking Piano Concerto No. 21, “Elvira Madigan”, and Haydn Symphony No. 38.

Mozart’s life was tragically cut short in 1791 at the age of just 35. In contrast, it was the same year that Haydn traveled to London, where he was considered a celebrity with his performances drawing huge crowds, and reached the peak of his fame. Meanwhile, Mozart died in relative poverty in Vienna, a poignant juxtaposition of the two men’s lives. One wonders what Mozart would have accomplished if he had lived as long as Haydn.

This final program for 2021 brings together one of Mozart’s most beloved late piano concertos No.21, made famous by the film Elvire Madigan, with his beautiful Prague Symphony and a powerful symphony in C minor by Haydn.

the Prague Symphony, composed at the end of 1785, was premiered in Prague during Mozart’s first visit, hence the work’s nickname.

The program opens with Haydn’s powerful Symphony in C minor No. 95 completed in 1791, the tragic year of Mozart’s death, and on Haydn’s first visit to London. During this trip, Haydn composed his ensemble of twelve famous London symphonies, of which this is the fourth. It is the only symphony of the ensemble that the composer wrote in a minor key and without a slow introduction. The work’s dramatic opening in the powerful key of C minor sets the tone for a dramatic program. no 95.

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