Experience an exciting programme of music in the opulent setting of the historic Royal Opera House Crush Room, and nearby St Clement Danes.
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Duo for Violin and Viola in G major no.1 K.423
Violin: Kaoru Yamada, Viola: Judith Busbridge
In the summer of 1783, Mozart retuned to Salzburg to introduce his new wife, Constanze, to his father for the first time. While in Salzburg, Mozart found the court music director, Michael Haydn ( the younger brother of Joseph Haydn), suffering from illness and unable to finish a commission work from the Archbishop Colloredo for six Duos for violin and viola. As a favour to his old friend, Mozart composed the missing two dips and gave them to Haydn to pass off as his own.
Sonata for two violins in C major, op.56
Commodo (quasi allegretto)
Allegro con brio
Violins: Ania Safonova, Kaoru Yamada
Prokofiev composed this piece in 1932, during a holiday near St. Tropez for the performance of the Paris chamber music group called Triton. In his 1941 autobiography, Prokofiev wrote about the origin of the work: “Listening to bad music sometimes inspires good ideas... After once hearing an unsuccessful piece [unspecified] for two violins without piano accompaniment, it struck me that in spite of the apparent limitations of such a duet one could make it interesting enough to listen to for ten or fifteen minutes... “ The four movements were characterised as being “lyrical, playful, fantastic and violent in turns” by Svyatoslav Prokofiev, the composer’s son.
You may only purchase up to six tickets for each recital
Suitable for ages 14+
The recitals last about 45 minutes each; there is no break
Ticket holders are strongly advised to arrive before the start of each recital, as latecomers cannot be admitted