31 Oct 2019

MOZART: Symphony No 29 in A

From Music Alive, 8:01 pm on 31 October 2019

Mozart was just 18 when he wrote this ... already with another 28 symphonies under his belt!

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Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Giordano Bellincampi.

Salzburg in the time of Mozart

Salzburg in the time of Mozart Photo: Public Domain

Mozart’s Symphony No 29 may be one of his better known early symphonies, but even so it’s not one that’s heard very often in concert halls.  And when I say ‘early’, he was just 18 years old when he completed it in Salzburg on the sixth of April, 1774.  Remarkable to think of an 18-year-old already having twenty nine symphonies under his belt – even if some of the really early ones are very short.

Stanley Sadie, who was one of the editors of the revered Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and who wrote the book “The New Grove Mozart”, wrote of this symphony that it’s “a landmark ... personal in tone, indeed perhaps more individual in its combination of an intimate chamber music style, with a still fiery and impulsive manner."  There are four movements, of which the second, an Andante, beautifully and serenely exemplifies that intimate chamber music style.

Programme note by Indra Hughes

Recorded by RNZ in Auckland Town Hall, 31 October 2019
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay