New Worlds | Genius
Grandeur, poetry and pure, unstoppable genius. Laurence Cummings conducts the Academy of Ancient Music in Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’ symphony.
No composer knew how to thrill an audience quite like Mozart. ‘In my opera, you’ll find music to please every kind of ear,’ he said of Idomeneo, and the majestic ballet music with which he crowned the action is the perfect curtain-raiser for a concert that ends with his last – and some would say greatest – symphony, the ‘Jupiter’.
It’s a glorious finale to Laurence Cumming’s first season as Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music too – and if you’ve never heard the ‘Jupiter’ played with all the clarity and verve of a virtuoso period-instrument orchestra, you’re in for an electrifying surprise. First, though, a flourish of end-of-season fireworks as Cummings joins former AAM Music Director Richard Egarr and Mozartian extraordinaire Robert Levin in a joyous triple concerto, written when Mozart was barely out of his teens.