C2 The Mozarts, the Haydns & the Bear
April 28, 2023
7.30pm - 9.15pm
Printers Way, Kingston, ACT 2604
In Association with
Families, friends and the musical ties that bind.
The Festival’s Opening Gala presents a classic symphonic feast focussed on three of the 18th century’s most prominent musical families, the Bachs, the Haydns and the Mozarts.
Our musical journey begins in London 1764 and finishes in Paris 1787.
Haydn’s Symphony nr 82, is nicknamed The Bear because of the string effects that commence the last movement and later accompanied the popular entertainment of the Bear Dance. The work is arguably one of his most consistently inventive and punchy orchestral statements, a crowning end to his six Parisian symphonies.
In London 20 years earlier, J.C Bach’s infectiously elegant G Minor Symphony had made its mark. Memories of Handel and the elder Bach were fading among the public and musical tastes had changed, but the Bach family’s rich musical inheritance retained its power.
J.C. Bach, the youngest of J.S. Bach’s 18 children, taught eight-year-old Mozart for a period of five months in London. This influence, and the music of the Haydn brothers, influenced him for the rest of his life.
Both Franz Joseph and Michael had put their stamp on music making across pre-revolutionary Europe and a more personal relationship between Mozart and the Haydns then evolved in Vienna, around the circles of the Masonic Lodge.
Mozart’s own father Leopold was also a teacher of renown, but the relationship became increasingly complicated and often fractious.
Bookended by two great symphonies, showcasing the Australian Haydn Ensemble in full orchestral swing, the concert features some forgotten and even contested works by Michael Haydn and Leopold Mozart.
A selection of glorious Mozart concert arias traces his dramatic aspirations from childhood through to the major operatic statements of his adulthood.
J.C. Bach, Symphony Op. 6 No. 6 in G Minor
W.A. Mozart, Concert Arias
- Aria ‘Va dal furor portata’ K 21
- Aria buffa “Clarice cara mia sposa” K. 256
- Aria Voi avete un cor fedele K 217
- Aria Misero o sogno – Aura che intorno spiri K431
- Aria L’amerò, sarò costante K 208 from Il Re Pastore
Michael Haydn, Overture to Die Hochzeit auf der Alm
Leopold Mozart attr. – Toy Symphony
Joseph Haydn, Symphony nr 82, L’Ours (The Bear)
Australian Haydn Ensemble directed by Skye McIntosh
Andrew Goodwin, tenor
Jacqueline Porter, soprano
Conducted by Roland Peelman
This concert is supported by Dianne Anderson AM and Brian Anderson AC