Mostly Mozart …
You will only see a clarinet player on stage once in this concert –
when our own Robert Blanken takes centre stage for the ever-popular Clarinet
Concerto by Mozart. The rest of the concert features music from an age
before the invention of the clarinet!
Mozart himself was a great fan of the clarinet and wrote the Concerto for his
friend and virtuoso clarinettist, Anton Stadler. However, it was a new
instrument and Mozart’s earlier works all make do with just flutes,
oboes, bassoons, horns and trumpets in the wind section.
HCO will play the Overture to his opera
Mitridate, King of
Ponto and his Symphony No. 36. Mitridate was written for the Milan
Carnival when Mozart was just 14 years old. The full opera was staged in
2017 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Symphony No. 36 is known as
Linz as it was written on a visit to the Austrian town in
Also added to the mix is the Overture to
The Unexpected Encounter, a comic opera
composed in 1785 by Mozart’s fellow Austrian, Josef Haydn.