Magazine article Musical Opinion

Mozart World Premiere

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Mozart World Premiere

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Hampstead

An intriguing concert by the wind players of the Beethoven Chamber Orchestra at Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead on September 29 featured what was claimed as a world premiere - no less - of a work by Mozart. The work in quesion was the Serenade in E flat ? 375 of 1782, a piece which has been known to Mozartians for over 200 years - but not in the version played on this occasion. The 'world premiere' element was the inclusion of Mozart's original second Trio in the second (fourth movement) Minuet, which was removed by him soon after the work was written.

Under the incisive baton of Santiago Mantas, the result proved to be something of a revelation, making the second Minuet longer, of course, and more 'of a piece' with the overall structure of the work. After hearing this, one would not wish to hear the work in any other guise - not even the more well-known one. …

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