Monday 25 November 2019, 7.45 pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

Wond’rous Machine makes its Southbank Centre debut with two of Mozart’s most exalted symphonies. They encompass the musical world as he knew it, from the lowliest popular styles to writing of huge complexity. His ‘Prague’ symphony is known for its dazzling counterpoint and his ‘Linz’ for its operatic qualities – written in just three and four days respectively. Complementing these are two pieces intended as entertainment music: a sparkling early divertimento for strings, written at age 15, and a much later set of German dances – the ancestor of the waltz – which accompanied a grand Imperial ball in Vienna.

Tickets £15-£20 (concessions available)


Wond’rous Machine’s ambition is to produce inspiring events, which place familiar music in illuminating historical contexts. Future projects will include Lully’s ballet music for Louis XIV in its natural alliance with the dance of the time; Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas performed alongside courtly masques and entertainments; reconstructing the original programmes of Haydn’s sensational London concerts of the 1790s; and Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro in a staging true to its roots in the commedia dell’arte.