Bath Mozart Festival

The English Concert returns to the Bath Mozart Festival in the company of the incomparable Lucy Crowe.

The English Concert
Harry Bicket
director
Lucy Crowe soprano
Nadja Zwiener violin

Mozart Divertimento in D major K 136
Al destin, che la minaccia from Mitridate K 87
Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben from Zaide K 344
Ah se il crudel periglio from Lucio Silla K 135
Et incarnatus est from Mass in C minor K 427
Violin Concerto No 5 in A major K 219 ('Turkish')
Exsultate, jubilate K 165

One of the leading lyric sopranos on stage today, Crowe’s speciality for baroque and classical opera is the ideal pairing for the virtuosic writing in this all-Mozart programme. From his first opera seria, Mitridate, to ‘Et incarnatus est’ from the Great Mass in C minor, a sense of the dramatic is never far from Mozart’s mind.

The orchestra’s indomitable leader, Nadja Zwiener, follows in the same spirit with Mozart’s final violin concerto, a work ripe with drama, exchanging reflective and introverted characters at one moment with overwhelming joy the next. None more so than in the finale with its raucous and playful ‘Turkish’ elements that give the concerto its name.

Tickets: £36, £26, £19, £14, £12

Supported by The Roper Family Charitable Trust
Part of Bath Mozart Festival

Season Highlights
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Barbican, London

Uniting some of Handel’s greatest music with all-star casts, directed by Artistic Director Harry Bicket and with our virtuosic orchestra in full flight, it is an unmissable event. With Ariodante and Rinaldo in most recent seasons, now comes the turn of Semele; a tale of adultery and revenge amongst Gods.The English ConcertHarry Bicket director/harpsichordBrenda Rae SemeleElizabeth...

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Wigmore Hall, London

All three are based on the favourite chorale of the time, Veni redemptor gentium (as translated by Luther). Despite the chorale’s medieval origins, BWV 61 shows the influence of the avant-garde French Ouverture. In BWV 62 he turns to Vivaldian concerti for inspiration, while in BWV 36 the ancient tune is knitted into the very genetic heart of the music. In each case the results are joyous in their...

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St John's Smith Square, London

His skilful crafting of the Messa per il Santíssimo Natale, with double choirs and such variety of colour and texture, is enough to leave us searching the archives for even more treasures.The English ConcertChoir of The English ConcertLaurence Cummings director/organCecilia Osmond sopranoRebecca Outram sopranoHelen Charlston altoNick Pritchard tenorMarcus Farnsworth baritoneScarlatti Messa per il...

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Wigmore Hall, London

Muffat moves his own chess pieces in his quest to unite the styles of France, Italy and Germany, while Bach offers one of his timeless masterpieces. Christian Curnyn returns to direct the orchestra with much-loved repertoire.The English ConcertChristian Curnyn director/harpsichordNadja Zwiener violinTuomo Suni violinHandel Concerto Grosso in D Op.6, No.5 HWV 323Purcell Suite from Dioclesian Z627Bach...

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Soloists & Players
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Our Musicians

Renowned as an opera and concert conductor, Harry Bicket is especially noted for his interpretation of baroque and classical repertoire and became Artistic Director of The English Concert in 2007. He was recently appointed Chief Conductor of Santa Fe Opera and took up the post in October 2013.Plans for the 14/15 season include guest conducting with Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestra of St Luke's, Hong Kong...

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Our Musicians

German born violinist Nadja Zwiener studied in Berlin and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she specialised in historic performance practice of music from the 17th to the 19th Century.

Leader
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Soloist

Described as having a voice of bell-like clarity with an impeccable vocal technique and powerful stage presence, Lucy Crowe has established herself as one of the leading lyric sopranos of her generation.

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