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Wond'rous Machine: Haydn and Mozart
Wed 7 June 2017, 19:30 – 21:30 BST
Join Wond'rous Machine, a new, young, exciting period-instrument orchestra, for a programme of some of Haydn and Mozart's greatest achievements, written at the heights of the composers' powers.
Haydn's 'Oxford' symphony, written in fact for a Paris commission, is a supreme example of the composer's dialogue with his audience - his compositional wit and games challenging the listener at every turn. His Sinfonia Concertante for oboe, bassoon, violin, cello and orchestra delights in the exploration of texture and sonority that the mixed solo group affords. Mozart's final symphony unites every facet of compositional mastery with a dazzling compendium of the eighteenth-century world, containing music from every sphere of experience: characters from opera buffa, theatre, pastoral, military, salon and church unite to create a picture of Enlightenment social harmony. The symphony culminates in a monumental fugal finale, drawing on archaic contrapuntal writing to express a newfound sense of the early Romantic sublime.
Wond'rous Machine, taking its name from Purcell's ode in praise of the orchestra, Hail, Bright Cecilia, is a new, young and innovative period-instrument ensemble. Launching with a debut 2017-18 season, the group aims to present exceptional performances of music from Monteverdi to Beethoven in fascinating and informative historical contexts.