Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace


Joseph HaydnCantata 'Applausus', Hob XXIVa:6


Ian Page – Conductor
Ellie Laugharne – soprano
Elspeth Marrow – mezzo-soprano
Thomas Elwin – tenor
David Shipley – bass
John Savournin – bass-baritone

The Mozartists

Programme Note

Ian Page and The Mozartists continue their ground-breaking chronological journey through Mozart’s life, works and influences with an overdue reassessment of Haydn’s fascinating and unjustly neglected Applausus cantata. Commissioned to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Cistercian abbot taking his monastic vows in the small Austrian town of Zwettl, this work has been largely forgotten, but the music is revelatory, ranging from the ‘Sturm und Drang’ dynamism of its two bass arias to two exquisite tenor concertante arias featuring extended solos for harpsichord and violin respectively.

The work is sung in Latin, its allegorical plot recalling medieval literary traditions as the four cardinal virtues of Temperance, Prudence, Justice and Fortitude – joined by the personification of Theology – extol their host’s qualities and achievements. The text, though, is primarily a vehicle for uplifting contemplation and Haydn’s beautiful music.

There will be a free pre-concert talk given by conductor and artistic director Ian Page 6.15pm-6.45pm in the main auditorium, providing an overview of Applausus and its historical context. 

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