The Australian Haydn Ensemble celebrates a decade of performance with the launch of its 10th anniversary season in Mozart:Viennese Star a program of sparkling chamber works from the years of Mozart’s rise to stardom in 1780s Vienna. Also featuring music by Haydn (of course) and Boccherini, this concert eavesdrops on Mozart’s stellar string quartet of 1782. (Concerts re-scheduled from February dates).
In 1782, at age 25, Mozart decided it was time for his star to shine. Shrugging off his stultifying patron and the boring city of his father, he had set himself up in Vienna, the music capital of the world, gained a reputation as a keyboard virtuoso, fallen in love, written a risqué smash hit opera, and was filling his set-lists with brand new piano concerti to play to adoring fans. Somehow, he found time to lend his talents to a string quartet with a certain Joseph Haydn.
Concerts also in Canberra (10 February), Berry (11 February), and the Southern Highlands (12 February). Streamed on Australian Digital Concert Hall on 16 February at 8 pm
The program: HAYDN String Quartet Op. 33 No. 5 in G major How do you do?/ BOCCHERINI String Quartet Op. 32 No. 5 in G minor
MOZART String Quartet No. 19 in C major K. 465 Dissonance
The performers: Skye McIntosh, violin/ Matthew Greco, violin/ Karina Schmitz, viola/ Daniel Yeadon, cello