Mostly Mozart – Musical Mavericks

ANAM - James Crabb

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & ANAM


Riveting passion balanced with delicate lyricism.

About the artists

Scottish born James Crabb is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading classical accordionists. Praised for his breathtaking virtuosity and versatile musicianship, his breadth of experiences is evident in his playing style. The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) is dedicated the artistic and professional development of the most exceptional young classical musicians from Australia and New Zealand.

James Crabb performs with and directs musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in a program of Mozart, Busoni, Adès and Eggert as part of our Mostly Mozart series.

About the concert

Beginning with Mozart’s delightful Church Sonata in G, an understated piece composed for Salzburg Court early in his career. Whilst Mozart was a talented organist, he wrote almost no organ music, making this sweet, cheerful sonata particularly special.

Their performance then moves onto a dazzlingly precocious piece by Adès titled, Catch, followed by the iconic Fantasia in F minor written and arranged by Mozart and Busoni and Eggert’s Morphing. Finishing as it started with Mozart and his Adagio and Rondo in C minor, a powerful expressive work for flute, glass harmonica, oboe, viola and cello.

A performance of riveting passion balanced with delicate lyricism.

Praise for James Crabb

‘An outstandingly gifted musician…Crabb’s fellow musicians largely surrendered their own leadership instincts to his dazzling skills and interpretive commitment.’ The Sydney Morning Herald

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Musicians from Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)
James Crabb accordion, director


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Church Sonata in G, K.274/271d

Thomas Adès

Ferruccio Busoni
Fantasia in F minor, K.608

Moritz Eggert

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Adagio and Rondo in C minor, K.617


This production is part of the following series:

Season Three: Illuminate

Celebrate the best local and international music at the award-winning venue where live music lives.