Michael Collins plays Mozart

Academy of Ancient Music

Michael Collins playing clarinet in chair

The Academy of Ancient Music is joined by legendary British clarinettist Michael Collins, tracing Mozart’s relationship with his musical predecessors and his influence on those who came after.

Not only will Collins be making his directing debut with AAM, but he will also appear as soloist, bringing his exuberant, expressive style to both Mozart’s much-loved Clarinet Concerto, with its exquisite slow movement, and Crusell’s sunny Concerto in E flat major – performances that will also mark Collins’ period instrument debut.

Operatic drama comes to the concert hall in a piece Salieri re-worked from two of his own opera overtures, and an overture by the German princess and composer, Anna Amalia, Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, who transformed her court into the most influential cultural centre of late 18th-century Germany. Mozart’s Symphony No. 48 (K.120/111a) also has one foot in the opera house, borrowing its vivacious first two movements from the composer’s Ascanio in Alba.


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