Mozart composed 41 symphonies, but the first 38 weren’t his pet projects; he generally wrote them to commission.
Then in the final years before his untimely death he had a remarkable creative spurt, completing Symphonies No.39, 40 and 41 within a few months in 1788.
What was behind this final flourish? A sense of an ending? A mysterious affair?
Principal Artist Iván Fischer joins the orchestra to explore this enigma.
Symphony No.39 is full of wide, flowing melodies, while Symphony No.40 plumbs deep emotional depths and is one of the most tragic pieces that Mozart penned.
Conversely, his last Symphony, No.41, Jupiter, rounds the evening off in an explosion of joy, energy and exuberance.
"One of a vanishingly small number of world-class conductors who make the music, not themselves, the centre of attention"