Mostly Mozart

Mozart the Romantic

Pia Johnson


Discover both sides of Mozart’s complex and varied personality: poised and graceful one moment, wild and emotional the next.

Premiered in 1787, the dramatic overture to Don Giovanni went on to serve as an inspiration for many of the great composers of the Romantic era, from Beethoven and Liszt to Tchaikovsky. By contrast, the celebrated Symphony No.35, Haffner, was originally conceived as a serenade to celebrate the ennoblement of one of Mozart’s patrons and thus embodies all the highest ideals of grace and nobility that one expects from Mozart’s most elegant music.

Composed when he was only 19 years old, the highly operatic Violin Concerto No.5, K.219, is one of Mozart’s most daring and original works. From its fiery opening bars to its frenzied ‘Turkish’ finale, it’s easy to see why this extraordinary piece quickly became the benchmark against which all other violin concerti are measured.

Complimentary morning tea is served from 10.15am in the Ground Floor Foyer. The concert begins at 11am sharp in the beautiful surrounds of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre, Orchestra Victoria and Australian National Academy of Music


Overture to Don Giovanni, K.527

Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219, Turkish

Symphony No.35 in D, K.385, Haffner