Mozart died in Vienna in 1791. That day represented a huge loss for all music lovers, for the composer was only 35 years old.
He was continuously in financial trouble, and in 1883 he organized a concert with a large amount of his own music, with the hope of raising some badly needed funds.
Now we have a recording of the exact same pieces that we can enjoy today, more than 200 years after the concert took place.
Mozart: The Vienna Concert: 23 March 1783
The music performed at this concert is listed below:
Die Zauberflöte, K620: Overture
Don Giovanni, K527: Overture
Gigue in G Major, K574
Se il padre perdei (from Idomeneo)
In un instante… Parto, m’affretto (from Lucio Silla)
Mia speranza adorata… Ah, non sai qual pena, K416
Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major, K415
Serenade No. 9 in D major, K320 ‘Posthorn’: III. Concertante (Andante grazioso)
Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 ‘Haffner’
Variations (10) in G major on Gluck’s ‘Unser dummer Pöbel meint’, K455
Performed on this CD by Jodie Devos (soprano), and Sebastian Wienand (fortepiano), with the Millenium Orchestra, Leonardo García Alarcón. Onducting.
This certainly was a historic concert to be rediscovered, and you can enjoy it as if you were there!
Here is a recording of Mozart’s Haffner Symphony: