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St George's
Great George Street


Wolfgang Amadeus MozartThe Magic Flute: Overture (arr. Hummel)
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartPiano Concerto no.21 in C major, K.467
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartThe Marriage of Figaro: Overture (arr. Hummel)
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartSymphony no.41 in C major 'Jupiter', K.551


Caroline Balding – violin
Katy Bircher – flute
Richard Tunnicliffe – cello
David Owen Norris – piano

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Programme Note

As Mozart’s reputation grew in the nineteenth century, three great virtuosos of the pianoforte recomposed his overtures, symphonies and concertos, adding many more notes to suit a more flamboyant style of playing on a much larger instrument. But instead of a full orchestra, Clementi, Cramer and Hummel wrote for a quartet of piano, violin, flute and cello. On nineteenth-century instruments the results are both exciting and beautiful – and the Broadwood instrument that David Owen Norris plays here belonged to the family of Florence Nightingale. The dates inscribed on the piano suggest that it was purchased in an attempt to put her off the idea of nursing!

Before the concert, Professor Mark Everist, author of Mozart’s Ghosts, will lead a session with the performers, explaining how the concert repertoire fits into the larger picture of how Mozart’s image has changed over the centuries, with live and recorded examples to demonstrate what is going on.

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