John Stringer conductor
Pip Tall clarinet
Michael Capecci violin
Pēteris Vasks Epifania
Weber Clarinet Concerto no. 1 in F minor
Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Mozart Symphony no. 35 in D (‘Haffner’)
Mozart stated that the opening movement of his Haffner Symphony ‘must be played with great fire.’ Commissioned by the affluent Haffner family of Salzburg, the symphony was originally composed as a serenade to be performed at the ennoblement of Sigmund Haffner in 1782. Notable for its grand and energetic character, as well as the graceful and lyrical beauty of its slow movement, the Haffner Symphony has become one of Mozart’s most popular orchestral works. The programme also includes Weber’s First Clarinet Concerto and Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, with third-year students Pip Tall and Michael Capecci as soloists, as well as Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks’ ethereal piece for string orchestra Epifania (‘Epiphany’).