London Mozart Players at St John's Smith Square

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The London Mozart Players kick off the 2010/11 International Concert Series at The Anvil with a programme of Ravel, Schumann and Mozart. The evening begins with Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin and the evocation of the baroque glories of French history, which was a reaction to the destruction he saw in the First World War. Each of the six movements is dedicated to a victim of the war. Schumann's beautiful and underrated Cello Concerto disregards the notion of a heroic soloist pitted against the forces of the orchestra in favour of something much more collaborative and intimate. Finally Mozart's Posthorn Serenade was written in 1779, perhaps for the end of the year ceremony of Salzburg University. The seven movements are contrasted in tempo and orchestration, ending with a presto finale which includes celebratory flourishes from the posthorn. Conducting the concert is the LMP's new Music Director Gerard Korsten marking the beginning of his three-year term and, although his first appearance with the orchestra was at their home of Fairfield Hall in May, this is his first appearance as Music Director at The Anvil. Soloist for the evening is Maximilian Hornung on cello, one of Europe's brightest young players who is currently Principal Solo Cello of the famous Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons.

David Stern (cond)

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St John's Smith Square

Smith Square
+44 (0)20 7222 1061

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