CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGES
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 11 No. 2
Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 314
Selection of Opera Arias:
‘Porgi, amor’ from Le nozze di Figaro, Act II (The Countess)
‘Il mio tesoro’ from Don Giovanni, Act II (Don Ottavio)
‘Temerari... Come scoglio’ from Così fan tutte, Act I (Fiordiligi)
‘Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön’ from Die Zauberflöte, Act I (Tamino)
‘Fra gli amplessi’ from Così fan tutte, Act II (Fiordiligi & Ferrando)
Nardus Williams soprano
Anthony Robb flute
Marios Papadopoulos conductor
In the mid-1760s the child prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart took Paris by storm. At the end of the same decade, Parisians witnessed the rise of another virtuoso, the violinist Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. The illegitimate son of a wealthy planter and one of his slaves, born in the French colony of Guadeloupe, Joseph first came to prominence as a champion fencer. But it was as a musician that he left a greater legacy, as a soloist and concertmaster in Paris and as one of the first known classical composers of African origin.
This series of two concerts pairs the works of the two composers, who were shaped by similar musical traditions but radically different backgrounds. In this first concert, the Orchestra performs Chevalier de Saint-Georges’s elegant Symphony No. 2 and Mozart’s second flute concerto, as well as a selection of arias from Mozart’s operas.
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This concert will be available to watch online until 7 January 2022.