The outstanding Australian violinist Paul Wright joins the Australian Haydn Ensemble in a concert series of music spotlighting the unconventional side of genius, including Mozart's A Musical Joke.
Reminiscent of the Masked Ball scene in Peter Schaeffer's Amadeus where Mozart ridicules Salieri, the real life Musical Joke pokes fun at C-grade composers & performers, lambasting them in a litany of musical faux pas, woefully banal melodies & 'wrong' notes. Try as he did to write 'bad' music, there's still plenty of joyous Mozartian elegance in the Musical Joke.
Also on the program is a delightfully rustic Boccherini String Quintet, an arrangement of an intriguing Haydn Concerto for two hurdy gurdy-like instruments, & Haydn's gorgeous Op.71/2 Sting Quartet - arranged by Haydn's friend, Wranitsky, for an almost symphonic nonet of strings, horns & winds.
Though barely 2 years old, the Australian Haydn Ensemble has wasted no time in establishing critical acclaim and a passionate audience following. Brought together by Artistic Director & Violinist Skye McIntosh, Australian Haydn Ensemble members are current or recent members of some of the most acclaimed period instrument companies working today including The English Consort, The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Australian Chamber Orchestra and The Gabrielli Consort.
With an inaugural season of sold out concerts at the Sydney Opera House's Utzon Room and fantastic reviews for their recent concerts in New York, the AHE has built a sense of anticipation for what they will achieve in 2014 as Resident Ensemble at ANU's School of Music, supported by Canberra CBD Limited.
Boccherini - String Quintet op. 39 no. 3
Haydn/Wranitzky - Divertinenti no. 2 from the Haydn String Quartet op. 71 no. 2
Haydn - Concerto for 2 Lira Organizzata's in C Major
Mozart - The Musical Joke K. 522