This afternoon’s concert features Exsultate, jubilate – written in 1773 when the composer was still in his teens. This motet, which translates as “Rejoice, be Glad”, is considered to be one of the most confident and exuberant of Mozart’s early works. Originally written for a high male singing voice, in modern times the motet is usually sung by a female. A graduate of the New Generation Artist scheme, Egyptian soprano Fatma Said joins us for the afternoon’s performance.
We then hear Brahms’s First Symphony which the composer completed at the age of frothy-three, despite having begun the work some twenty years earlier. An inspired, innovative work with a lullaby-like slow movement and a brilliant finale – this uplifting masterpiece established Brahms as the true heir and successor of his great hero Beethoven.
Also featured in this afternoon's concert - the overture to Don Giovanni, based on the legend of fictional libertine Don Juan.