“A wonderful exploration of the musical life of London during Mozart’s visit as an eight year old, all beautifully and engagingly performed by Ian Page and his Mozartists. A true delight!” GRAMOPHONE
“One of its constant pleasures is the young British performers’ sheer gusto… And the music itself? Delicious.”
This 2-CD set presents an unprecedented survey of Mozart’s childhood visit to London in 1764-65. Ian Page conducts his outstanding period-instrument orchestra in a fascinating and wide-ranging programme which includes Mozart’s remarkable first symphony (composed when he was eight years old), along with his two other London symphonies and his first concert Aria. The repertoire also explores the music that was being performed in London during Mozart’s stay, including works by J. C. Bach, Thomas Arne, Abel, Pescetti, Perez, George Rush and William Bates, many of which have not previously been recorded, and the large cast of soloists includes eight singers and harpsichordist Steven Devine.
- Mozart: Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, K16 – I. Molto allegro5.39
- Mozart: Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, K16 – II. Andante4.57
- Mozart: Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, K16 – Presto1.33
- Arne: Judith – Act II: “Sleep, gentle Cherub! Sleep descend”3.01
- Arne: Judith – Act I: “O torment great, too great to bear”3.46
- Arne: Artaxerxes – Act I, Scene 2: “Amid a thousand racking Woes”4.47
- Arne: Artaxerxes – Act I, Scene 13: “O too lovely, too unkind”4.35
- Bach, J C: Harpsichord Concerto in D Major, Op. 1 No. 6 – I. Allegro assai4.44
- Bach, J C: Harpsichord Concerto in D Major, Op. 1 No. 6 – II. Andante3.31
- Bach, J C: Harpsichord Concerto in D Major, Op. 1 No. 6 – III. Allegro moderato2.54
- Bach, J C: Ezio: “Non so d’onde viene”8.26
- Bach, J C: Berenice – “Confusa, smarrita”5.56
- Arne: The Guardian Outwitted – “O Dolly, I part”2.35
- Arnold, S: The Maid of the Mill – Act III, Scene 1: “To speak my mind of womankind”1.02
- Arnold, S: The Maid of the Mill – Act II, Scene 8: “Hist, hist! I hear my mother call”1.54
- Mozart: Symphony No. 4 in D major, K19 – I. Allegro2.18
- Mozart: Symphony No. 4 in D major, K19 – II. Andante3.55
- Mozart: Symphony No. 4 in D major, K19 – III. Presto2.49
- Pescetti: Ezio – “Caro mio bene, addio”9.02
- Mozart: Symphony in F Major, K. 19a – Allegro assai4.59
- Mozart: Symphony in F Major, K. 19a – II. Andante 4.58
- Mozart: Symphony in F Major, K. 19a – III. Presto1.29
- Bach, J C: Adriano in Siria – “Ah, come mi balza il cor!”2.09
- Bach, J C: Adriano in Siria – “Deh lascia, o ciel pietoso”6.22
- Bach, J C: Adriano in Siria – Act II; “Cara la dolce amma”8.50
- Rush, G: The Capricious Lovers – Act I, Scene 8: “Thus laugh’d at, jilted and betray’d”2.37
- Bates, W: Pharnaces – “In this I fear my latest breath”2.41
- Mozart: Va, dal furor portata, K216.14
- Perez, D: Solimano – “Se non ti moro a lato”9.28
- Abel, C F: Symphony in E-Flat Major, Op. 7 No. 6 – Allegro3.39
- Abel, C F: Symphony in E-Flat Major, Op. 7 No. 6 – Andante5.28
- Abel, C F: Symphony in E-Flat Major, Op. 7 No. 6 – Presto2.54
Ana Maria Labin
Ana Maria Labin was born in Romania but grew up in Switzerland, where she studied at the Conservatory in Zurich. She performed in Classical Opera’s 2015 'Mozart in London' Festival at Milton Court, and has also appeared with the company in the role of Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at Cadogan Hall in 2016, and in concert in Prague as part of a Martin Randall Travel tour. Opera roles have included Valenciennes (La Veuve Joyeuse) for La Scala, Milan and Opéra de Paris Garnier, Arminda (La finta giardiniera) at Aix-en-Provence, La Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro) for Opera North, Prague National Opera and Opéra Royal de Versailles, Najade (Ariadne auf Naxos) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Armida (Rinaldo) and Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) for Glyndebourne on Tour, Baroness Irene (La vera costanza) at Haydnfestspiele Brühl, and Donna Anna at the Drottningholms Slottsteater in Sweden, for Glyndebourne On Tour, and at the Opéra Royal de Versailles. In 2011 she sang in the prestigious Staatskapelle Dresden Silvesterkonzert (New Year’s Eve Concert) in the Semperoper Dresden, which was broadcast on the German TV channel ZDF and released on CD and DVD by Deutsche Grammophon.
Ben Johnson has appeared with Classical Opera as Aceste (Ascanio in Alba) and in concerts at King's Place and Milton Court. In 2008 he won First Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier awards, and he was an English National Opera Harewood Artist and a Wigmore Hall Emerging Talent. Operatic engagements have included Novice (Billy Budd) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Nemorino (The Elixir of Love) for ENO, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for Opéra National de Bordeaux, Grimoaldo (Rodelinda) for Opéra de Baugé, the title role in Albert Herring for British Youth Opera, Tom Rakewell (The Rake's Progress) at the RCM, and Tonik (Smetana's The Two Widows) for Scottish Opera. He is the Founder and Chief Conductor of the Southrepps Sinfonia as well as joint Artistic Director of the Southrepps Classical Music Festival. He is professor of singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Anna Devin has performed regularly with the Classical Opera since first appearing with them on tour in Baden Baden in 2012, and she sings the role of Tamiri on the 2015 recording of Mozart’s Il re pastore. She is an alumna of the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artist programme, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and the National Opera Studio. Recent seasons saw her sing Susanna in Scottish Opera’s and Welsh National Opera’s productions of Le nozze di Figaro, débuts with La Scala and the Vienna Philharmonic, role and festival début as Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea at Mozartwoche Salzburg, role début as Nannetta (Falstaff) at the Royal Opera house, Covent Garden, Michal in Glyndebourne Touring Opera’s production of Saul. This season she will make her début at Madrid’s Teatro Reale as Cecila in Lucio Silla, debut as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Early Opera Company, debut Semele at Karlsruhe Handel Festival, Debut Fiordiligi with Northern Ireland Opera.
Rebecca Bottone studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and was one of Classical Opera’s inaugural Associate Artists. Her appearances with the company have included Sabina (Adriano in Siria), Sifare (Mitridate, re di Ponto), Servilia (Gluck’s La clemenza di Tito), Melia (Apollo et Hyacinthus), Despina (Così fan tutte), Elisa (Il re pastore), Semira (Artaxerxes) and Worldly Spirit (The First Commandment), as well as numerous concerts at Wigmore Hall and Kings Place. She sings the role of Semira on the company’s recording of Artaxerxes and also appears on ‘The A-Z of Mozart Opera’. Other roles and engagements include Queen Tye (Akhnaten) for English National Opera, Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) for the Aix-en-Provence Festival and Scottish Opera, First Innocent (world première of Birtwistle’s The Minotaur), Maid (Ades’ Powder Her Face) and First Niece (Peter Grimes) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Cricket and Parrott (world première of Dove’s Pinocchio) for Opera North and Minnesota Opera, Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Garsington Opera, and Hugh Wood’sEpithalamion at the BBC Proms. Recordings include the role of Cis in Albert Herring with Richard Hickox and EMI, and two Rossini roles for Opera Rara: Eurice (Adelaide di Borgogna) and Cleone (Ermione). She appeared in the BBC documentary ‘The Genius of Beethoven’, David Starkey’s ‘Music and Monarchy’ and in Steven Poliakoff’s acclaimed film Capturing Mary.
Update on 3 July 2018
Robert Murray studied at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio, and he was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House. He has appeared with Classical Opera in concert at Wigmore Hall ('Mozart in Salzburg' and Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots), the Barbican ('The A-Z of Mozart Opera') and in our Mozart in London festival at Milton Court. His operatic roles have included Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Lysander (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Agenore (Il re pastore), Belfiore (La finta giardiniera), Jacquino (Fidelio) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for the Royal Opera, the title role in Albert Herring for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Piquillo (La Périchole) and Tom Rakewell (The Rake's Progress) for Garsington Opera, among others. Recordings include a Complete Poulenc Songs series for Signum Classics and excerpts from Britten's Gloriana for Chandos.
Martene Grimson became an inaugural Associate Artist of Classical Opera in 2006. She is a former winner of the Maggie Teyte Competition, and won second prize at the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Her previous engagements with Classical Opera include Hyacinthus (Apollo et Hyacinthus), Arbate (Mitridate, re di Ponto), Cinna (Lucio Silla), Aminta (Il re pastore), Sesto in the UK premiére of Gluck's La clemenza di Tito and concerts at Wigmore Hall and the Barbican. She also appeared on the company's début CD, 'The A-Z of Mozart Opera'.
Other operatic appearances have included Glauce (Cherubini's Medea) for Nationale Reisopera, Holland, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) for Opera East and Longborough Festival Opera, Ilia (Idomeneo) for Pinchgut Opera, Sydney, First Witch (Dido and Aeneas) for Opera North, and Laurette (Bizet's Le Docteur Miracle) and Mrs Gleaton (Floyd's Susannah) for Wexford Festival Opera.
Steven Devine has performed all over the world as a harpsichord soloist (his recent Chandos recording of the Goldberg Variations was described by Gramophone Magazine as “one of the best”). He is a highly sought-after continuo player with permanent positions with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Classical Opera and London Baroque and directs repertoire with a wide range of groups with repertoire from 16th century polyphony to new commissions.
Ian Page is the founder, conductor and Artistic Director of Classical Opera and The Mozartists. He began his musical education as a chorister at Westminster Abbey, and studied at the University of York and the Royal Academy of Music. Before founding in Classical Opera in 1997, he worked on the music staff at Scottish Opera, Opera Factory, Drottningholm and Glyndebourne.
With Classical Opera he has conducted most of Mozart’s early operas, including the world premières of the ‘original’ version of Mitridate, re di Ponto and a new completion of Zaide, as well as Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and La clemenza di Tito. He has also conducted the UK premières of Gluck’s La clemenza di Tito, Telemann’s Orpheus, Jommelli’s Il Vologeso and Haydn’s Applausus, and the first new staging for 250 years of Johann Christian Bach’s Adriano in Siria. In 2009 he made his Royal Opera House début conducting Arne’s Artaxerxes at the Linbury Studio Theatre, and his studio recording of the work was released in 2011 on Linn Records.
He has devised and conducted numerous recordings for Classical Opera, including ‘The A-Z of Mozart Opera’ and ‘Blessed Spirit – a Gluck retrospective’ (both selected for Gramophone magazine’s annual Critic’s Choice), ‘Where’er You Walk’ with tenor Allan Clayton and ‘Perfido!’ with soprano Sophie Bevan (both shortlisted for the International Opera Awards in 2016 and 2017 respectively), and ‘Mozart in London’, which was recorded live during Classical Opera’s festival of the same name at Barbican’s Milton Court in 2015. In 2012 he embarked on a new complete cycle of Mozart opera recordings, aiming to record all of Mozart’s stage works over the course of twenty years . He is the creator and driving force behind MOZART 250, a ground-breaking 27-year journey through Mozart’s life, works and influences, and in 2017 he founded The Mozartists to facilitate the company’s ever-expanding concert work.
He is widely recognised for his work in developing talented young singers, and is in demand as a vocal coach. He serves on the coaching staff for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House and for the Royal College of Music, and provides bespoke training to young singers through Classical Opera’s Associate Artist Scheme.
Updated 3 July 2018
Comprising some of the leading players from both the UK and further afield, The Mozartists have won widespread acclaim from public and critics alike. They play on period instruments and perform symphonies and concertos as well as operas.