We have become so accustomed to thinking of music history as a narrative about outstanding individuals that we sometimes miss the fact that the overwhelming majority of them did not live in a ‘splendid seclusion’ or inhabit the sky-high realms of their own greatness, but interacted with dozens of other composers and musicians on a daily basis, which was also reflected in their work.

There are two well-known names appearing most frequently in the Mozart story: the good and kind-hearted Papa Haydn, embodying the archetype of the aged master contentedly watching the impressive progress of his successor, and Salieri, who, in the mass imagination, is considered as a talentless workman driven to crime by envy. And even dozens of the most reliable scholarly articles or attempts by numerous artists to rehabilitate the latter cannot completely unravel the image that has been fixed in our minds. The reason is that it fits perfectly with the vision of Mozart as a brilliant angel of music, attacked by the murderous spirit of mediocrity. Actually, things were quite different. Mozart constantly followed the achievements of his colleagues; moreover, he often entered into friendly collaborations with them, including Salieri. During the Easter concert, Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques will present the work of Wolfgang Amadeus against the broad panorama of Viennese classicism, performing not only works by composers which the author of The Marriage of Figaro knew and appreciated, but also works that he himself composed as interludes to the works of others.



Benjamin Appl – baritone

Les Talens Lyriques

Christophe Rousset – conductor, artistic director




Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)

     Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo

(Così fan tutte KV 588)

     Mentre ti lascio, oh figlia KV 513

Giuseppe Sarti (1729–1802)

      Come un agnello

(Fra i due litiganti il terzo gode)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      La clemenza di Tito KV 621, uwertura

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)

     Chi spira e non spera

(L’anima del Filosofo, Hob. XXVIII:13)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

     Io ti lascio, o cara, addio KV A245/621a

     Un bacio di mano KV 541


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

     Symfonia nr 36 C-dur „Linzka“ KV 425

Vicente Martín y Soler (1754–1806)

     Dov’è dunque il mio ben?… Vo’ dall’infami viscere

(Una cosa rara)

Antonio Salieri (1750–1825)

     Torbido mar che freme

(La passione di nostro Signore Gesù Cristo)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

     Hai già vinta… Vedrò mentr’io sospiro

(Le nozze di Figaro, KV 492)