Mozart in Italy – Concert 3

Mozart in Italy – Concert 3

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Sunday 8 March 2020, 15:30

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Programme

Mozart Symphony (No. 44) in D major, K.81/73l
Galuppi Aria: “Un pensier mi dice” from Il vecchio geloso
Jommelli Aria: “Misera me!… Ah! ti sento” from Armida abbandonata
Jommelli Aria: “Fra l’orror di notte oscura” from Armida abbandonata
Jommelli Aria: “Misera Armida… Odio, furor, dispetto” from Armida abbandonata

Mozart Symphony in D major, K.84/73q
Gasparini Aria: “Se di lauri il crine adorno” from Mitridate, re di Ponto
Mozart Aria: “Se di lauri il crine adorno” from Mitridate, re di Ponto (1st version, completed by Stanley Sadie)
Mozart Aria: “Se di lauri il crine adorno” from Mitridate, re di Ponto (final version)
Gasparini Cavata, “Pallid’ ombre che scorgete” from Mitridate, re di Ponto
Mozart Cavatina, “Pallid’ ombre che scorgete” from Mitridate, re di Ponto

Performers

Ana Maria Labin soprano
Stuart Jackson tenor
The Mozartists
Ian Page conductor

Following Ian Page’s highly acclaimed ‘Mozart in London’ weekend five years ago, The Mozartists celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s first trip to Italy in 1770 with the first-ever major retrospective of this important and formative year in Mozart’s life. Italy was still widely regarded as the home of opera and, in going there to further his studies, Mozart was following in the footsteps of such esteemed compatriots as Handel, Gluck and Johann Christian Bach. The tour lasted for over a year, culminating in the triumphant premiere of Mitridate, re di Ponto at the Teatro Regio Ducale in Milan on 26 December 1770.

This concert features highlights from two operas that had a significant influence on Mozart when he was composing Mitridate, re di Ponto during the second half of 1770. On 30 May 1770 he attended a performance in Naples of Jommelli’s Armida abbandonata, and the programme includes three magnificent arias from this opera.

In the second half, we provide fascinating comparisons between Mozart’s music for Mitridate and corresponding arias from Gasparini’s 1767 setting of Mitridate, comparisons which strongly suggest that Mozart must have been familiar with Gasparini’s version.

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Leading Mozart authority Cliff Eisen, Professor at King’s College, London and author and editor of numerous books on Mozart, provides an overview of Mozart’s 1770 sojourn in Italy.

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Mozart in Italy – Concert 3

The Commission

Sunday 8 March 2020, 15:30

This concert features highlights from two operas that had a significant influence on Mozart when he was composing Mitridate, re di Ponto – Jommelli’s Armida abbandonata and Gasparini’s Mitridate.

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