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Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Andrew Haveron performs Mozart

Sat 16 Nov

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra presents a program of music by Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn.


The exotic Ottoman Empire inspired a fad for Turquerie across Europe that coloured art, fashion, pastries (croissants) and, of course, music. Beethoven’s overture to a play about the fall of Athens to the Ottomans opens this concert which reflects Europe’s fascination with the great Eastern power.

The Turkish twist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.5 comes in the last movement, a hint of tongue-in-cheek exotica. The rest of the concerto sees Sydney Symphony Concertmaster Andrew Haveron spinning some of Mozart’s most operatic melodies, demonstrating why this is a beloved mainstay of the repertoire.

Although beginning with pastoral innocence, the second movement of Haydn’s ‘Military’ symphony erupts with Turkish cymbals and drums, a galvanising gesture in a time of war and revolutionary fervour. It was an unusually political statement for Haydn to make to his London audiences, but they loved the expansiveness and energy of the symphony.


Beethoven The Ruins of Athens: Overture
Mozart Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K219 (Turkish)
Haydn Symphony No.100 (Military)


Violin/Director Andrew Haveron

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