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Mozart On The Road: Part 1

It’s 1784. Mozart is at the peak of his fame. His Vienna concerts are sell outs while a Mozart premiere is the must have for the modern city. Hear three works from this remarkable year with soloist Kristian Bezuidenhout.
London, Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall £5 - £82 Book Now



MOZART Quintet for Piano & Winds, K452
MOZART Piano Concerto No.17
MOZART Symphony No. 36 ‘Linz’

Kristian Bezuidenhout fortepiano


There will be a pre-concert talk with Kristian Bezuidenhout, Katherine Spencer (Principal Clarinet) and Roger Montgomery (Principal Horn) at 6.00pm in the Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer. It is free for ticket holders to the concert.

Travel made Mozart an international superstar. As a youngster his incessant touring of Europe’s capitals, from London to Prague, made him the most famous musician in the world. In the 1780s his work was in great demand across the continent. It was Mozart’s success that inspired Haydn – who Mozart first met in 1784 – to leave Eisenstadt after so long. 

The story goes that he wrote the ‘Linz’ Symphony in just four days after a request from the mayor of the town who heard Mozart and Constanze had stopped on their way to Vienna.

The Piano Concerto No 17 is likely to have been premiered at one of Mozart’s self-produced concerts in Vienna, which often took place in unusual locations. The final piece on the programme, the idiosyncratically scored quintet for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon, comes from another of those popular Vienna concerts that year. 


"I myself consider it to be the best work I have ever composed. "
Mozart to his father, 10 April 1784