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The Commission - Mozart in Italy: Concert 3

Sunday March 8, 2020 at 15:30
Cadogan Hall, London
£45, £32, £25, £18
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  1. Symphony in D K 81 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  2. Un pensier mi dice, from Il vecchio geloso - Baldassare Galuppi
  3. Armida abbandonata - Niccolò Jommelli
    • Misera me!… Ah! ti sento
    • Fra l’orror di notte oscura
    • Misera Armida… Odio, furor, dispetto
  4. Symphony No 11 in D K 84; K 73q - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  5. Se di lauri il crine adorno, from Mitridate, re di Ponto - Quirino Gasparini
  6. Se di lauri il crine adorno, from Mitridate, re di Ponto K 87 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  7. Pallid’ ombre che scorgete, from Mitridate, re di Ponto - Quirino Gasparini
  8. Pallid'ombre che scorgete, from Mitridate, re di Ponto K 87 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Following Ian Page’s highly acclaimed ‘Mozart in London’ weekend five years ago, The Mozartists celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s first trip to Italy in 1770 with the first-ever major retrospective of this important and formative year in Mozart’s life. Italy was still widely regarded as the home of opera and, in going there to further his studies, Mozart was following in the footsteps of such esteemed compatriots as Handel, Gluck and Johann Christian Bach. The tour lasted for over a year, culminating in the triumphant premiere of Mitridate, re di Ponto at the Teatro Regio Ducale in Milan on 26 December 1770.

This concert features highlights from two operas that had a significant influence on Mozart when he was composing Mitridate, re di Ponto during the second half of 1770. On 30 May 1770 he attended a performance in Naples of Jommelli’s Armida abbandonata, and the programme includes three magnificent arias from this opera.

In the second half, we provide fascinating comparisons between Mozart’s music for Mitridate and corresponding arias from Gasparini’s 1767 setting of Mitridate, comparisons which strongly suggest that Mozart must have been familiar with Gasparini’s version.

Additional event on 8th March:

Illustrated Talk: Mozart's First String Quartet with Sergio Durante (Tickets £15) 2pm

Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace
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