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Mozart in Birmingham

Mozart's Symphony No. 34 and music by CPE Bach and JC Bach as part of B:Music's season at Birmingham Town Hall.
Birmingham, Birmingham Town Hall £13 - £35 Book Now


Symphony in F major
JC BACH Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Cello in B flat major
CPE BACH Cello Concerto in A major
MOZART Symphony No. 34

Jean-Guihen Queyras cello
Kati Debretzeni violin/director


In music that is just 30 years apart, we see a snapshot of a changing world – a bridge between the Baroque period of Johann Sebastian Bach (father of CPE and JC) and the Classical era of Mozart. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach is often cited as being on the cusp of this transition but his own individual style is to the fore in these two original and inventive works from his 30 years in Berlin. His half-brother, Johann Christian (the 18th of the Bach siblings) wrote his Sinfonia Concertante at the height of his career and was influential over a young Mozart who met and played for him in London. Finally, Mozart’s C major Symphony, his last before leaving Salzburg for the thrills of Vienna, has a real spring in its step. A bright and breezy opening movement leads to a delightfully elegant Andante and a fleet-footed tarantella that positively dances along to the end.

"I forgot to tell you the other day that the Sinfonie was Magnifique, it was a complete Success."
Mozart to his father, 11 April 1781