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Mozart 39, 40 and 41 with Douglas Boyd

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A tumult of wonderful melodies, colours and imagination

Leading the musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) for the first time, renowned conductor Douglas Boyd will share his fascinating insight into the world of Mozart and the composer's final three symphonies.

Over six weeks in the summer of 1788, Mozart wrote his last three symphonies: Symphony no. 39 in E-flat major K543, Symphony no. 40 in G minor K550 and Symphony no. 41 in C major K551 Jupiter.

These perfectly proportioned symphonies serve up a tumult of wonderful melodies, colours and imagination, and, in the final moments of the final symphony, tumble us into a cavalcade of the most miraculous invention.

While we all have an idea of the "Mozart myth" - the preciously talented child prodigy who grew into a chaotic and sometimes ridiculous adult (as depicted in the beloved film Amadeus) - the story behind these last three symphonies remains a mystery. They were not commissioned, nor was there an upcoming concert series to ensure their performance. So why did Mozart write them, and how on earth did he deliver three works of such magnitude within six weeks? "Perhaps it was simply an outpouring of Mozart's innermost feelings, something he had to express", says Conductor Douglas Boyd, currently serving as the Artistic Director of Garsington Opera and Music Director of the Paris Chamber Orchestra.

For one night only, Boyd will be leading the ANAM Orchestra in a concert of the three symphonies, challenging Australia's best young musicians to "express to the public in concert, that this music, it's not 'classical' music, it's miraculous music, it's the greatest possible music. Why? Because it has the ability to express every emotion we can experience as human beings."

Boyd regards the trio of symphonies as "a narrative, a three-act opera without words, or perhaps, as Nikolaus Harnoncourt has suggested, a gigantic instrumental oratorio. I love the mystery of their conception."

Join Douglas Boyd and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) as they explore these three masterpieces side by side on Friday 28 September 7:30pm at Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre.

Tickets are now on sale and are priced as follows: Full $75, Senior $60 and Concession $48 .

Bookings can be made at or 03 9645 7911.

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Douglas Boyd's ANAM residency is generously supported by John and Rosemary Macleod.

The 2018 ANAM at Melbourne Recital Centre series is generously supported by Loris Orthwein.

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When: Friday 28 September 2018, 7.30pm
Phone: 03 9645 7911
Where: Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3006
Cost: Full $70, Senior $60, Concession $48
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