Academy of Ancient Music / Three last symphonies

21 June 2014 / 19:00


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Mozart Symphony No 41, Jupiter
Haydn Symphony No 104, London
Beethoven Symphony No 9, Choral

Academy of Ancient Music
Richard Egarr
Elizabeth Watts soprano
Daniela Lehner mezzo-soprano
Benjamin Hulett tenor
Andrew Foster-Williams bass
Choir of the AAM
AAMplify Choir

The AAM closes its 40th anniversary season in grand style with a rare performance of the last symphonies of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.

Haydn’s London symphony is the apotheosis of the freshness and wit which had characterised his work from the very beginning; Mozart, on the other hand, was beginning a period of failing health and poor finances – hardships which inspired some of his finest music, including The Magic Flute, Requiem and this Jupiter symphony.

It seems likely that Beethoven knew his days were numbered when he composed his ninth symphony, and he returned with urgency to ideas and ambitions which had been developing for decades. The result is truly monumental, and with its completion a weight seemed to have been lifted from Beethoven’s shoulders. His last testimony was complete.

The evening begins at 5.30pm with a free pre-concert talk in which Stephen Pettitt will focus on the AAM’s 40th anniversary and discuss its four decades of music-making. This will be followed, at 6.15pm, by a free concert where AAM’s youth orchestra AAMplify will perform Mozart’s Symphony No.1 in Eb major and Haydn’s Symphony No.1 in D major.

Pre-concert talk 5.30pm, Fountain Room

Free AAmplify pre-concert performance 6.15pm, Foyers

The concert ends at approximately 10.30pm

This event is part of:
All classical music events - 2013–2014 season
Academy of Ancient Music 2013–2014

Promoted by the Academy of Ancient Music


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