Mozart – Symphony No. 3

Manchester based Northern Chamber Orchestra plays Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s so-called Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, K. 18, once attributed to Mozart, is by today’s scholarship considered not to be Mozart’s own work but instead that of Carl Friedrich Abel, a leading German composer (he was also a renowned player of the viola da gamba, and composed important music for that instrument) of the earlier Classical period. Conductor: Nicholas Ward.

The piece was misattributed to Mozart because a manuscript score in the hand of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was categorized as his Symphony No. 3 in E flat, K. 18, and was published as such in the first complete edition of Mozart’s works by Breitkopf & Härtel. Later, it was discovered that this symphony was actually the work of Abel, copied by the boy Mozart (evidently for study purposes) while he was visiting London in 1764. That symphony was originally published as the concluding work in Abel’s Six Symphonies, Op. 7. However, Mozart’s copy differs from Abel’s published score in that Mozart “substituted clarinets for the printed oboe parts.”

The work is in three movements:

  1. Molto Allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Presto

The Northern Chamber Orchestra was formed in the 1960s and has gained a formidable reputation from its engaging and exciting concerts, tackling a wide range of repertoire from Arcangelo Corelli through to Igor Stravinsky and present day composers. The NCO is internationally renowned from its recordings, of which there are over forty. The members of the orchestra are distinguished chamber musicians who play as principals with other orchestras and regularly appear as soloists. The Northern Chamber Orchestra is proud to be ‘Orchestra in Residence’ at Manchester Metropolitan University and Blackburn Cathedral and for its long association with Buxton Festival.

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