Academy of Ancient Music - 1790s London: Saint & Sinner

Thursday 12 April 2018
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm

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Academy of Ancient Music

Richard Egarr director & fortepiano

Daniela Lehner mezzo soprano


Haydn Symphony No. 93 in D major

Dussek 'A che congiuri' from Six Canzonets, Op. 52, No. 2

Dussek 'Leggiadre ninfe', from Six Canzonets, Op. 52, No. 4

Dussek 'Che vorresti, o pastorello' from Six Canzonets, Op.52, No. 6

Haydn Symphony No. 94 in G major (the Surprise)


Music migration continued throughout the 18th century. With the arrival of composers, musicians and new instruments from Europe, London’s musical world changed. Perhaps the most famous visitor was 'Papa' Haydn, a devout Catholic, who penned 12 'London' symphonies, two of which we hear in this concert.

Jan Ladislav Dussek was another international visitor to the capital at the time. Rumoured to have been a revolutionary and seducer of princesses, he charged extortionate proces for piano lessons then fled London when his music publishing business failed, abandoning his wife and daughter, and eventually drinking himslef to death. Music Director Richard Egarr will bring to life one of Dussek’s gems, performing his Concerto in G minor on an instrument modelled on a Broadwood fortepiano, used by Dussek and his contemporaries.

"The AAM's three period trumpets rang out proudly at the Barbican over the delicate sound of its period flutes and strings" FINANCIAL TIMES

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