Surrey Mozart Players
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Menuhin Concert Hall, Menuhin School of Music
Stoke d’Abernon, UK
Mozart (arr. Triebensee)- Harmonie Suite from Don Giovanni
Mozart- Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major
Bobby Chen, piano
Haydn- Symphony no. 99 in E-flat Major
The Surrey Mozart Players are delighted to be one of the first orchestras to appear at the brand new Concert Hall at the Menuhin School, which has been praised as one of the most significant new performance spaces to open in Britain in recent years. The hall has been written about in all the London papers, and in BBC Music Magazine and the Gramophone.
Mozart himself wrote for a ‘Harmonie’ (a group of wind instruments) in the second act finale of Don Giovanni, and Joseph Triebensee, the son of an oboe player in Emperor Joseph II’s group, arranged items from the opera for this combination.
Bobby Chen, a former pupil at the school, plays one of the composer’s best loved piano concertos, No. 23 in A major. Written in early 1785, and in a radiant key, it displays hints of darker shadows and tragic depths. Chen will be performing on the hall’s brand new Fazioli piano.
Haydn visited London twice towards the end of his life, and Symphony No. 99 received its first performance on 10th February 1794, six days after his arrival on his second visit. It contains one of the composer’s noblest slow movements and a vivacious finale.