Lucy Crowe sings Mozart

The virtuosity of this all-Mozart programme makes the perfect dramatic pairing with Lucy Crowe and our inspirational leader Nadja Zwiener.

The English Concert
Harry Bicket
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 inspirational 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.

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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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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.


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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‘…refreshingly direct and impactful, with The English Concert, nestled either side of the stage, and its director Harry Bicket lending classy baroque accompaniment. Morris cleverly uses the 18th‐century auditorium’s intimacy and dry acoustic to draw us in; I felt an active part of the events unfolding in front, above and around me. Perhaps the cheers and whoops at the end suggested others...

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