Georgian London hosted and inspired Europe’s leading musicians. For the young Mozart, London became home for a year in 1764/65, during which he was a regular visitor at the royal court and even accompanied the young Queen Charlotte at the keyboard. London also welcomed and celebrated Joseph Haydn, a composer so popular in the city that at the height of his fame hardly a day went by without a performance of his music. This theatrical concert traces a path from the vibrant flowering of culture in the early years of George III’s rule to the lonely and painful unravelling of the monarch’s mind in the latter part of his reign, depicted here in Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King, a work which almost 50 years since its own London premiere has lost none of its ability to shock.
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, K 39
Peter Maxwell Davies Eight Songs for a Mad King
Haydn Symphony No. 104 in D major, H 1/104
John Reid piano
George Humphreys baritone
Nicholas Collon conductor