Trevor Pinnock leads fourteen Concertgebouworkest musicians in Mozart’s brilliant Serenade in B-flat, or ‘Gran Partita’: this is chamber music of symphonic proportions in the Main Hall!
Mozart’s well-loved Serenade in B-flat – better known as the ‘Gran Partita’ – is chamber music with symphonic aspirations. Serenades usually serve as occasional music for more intimate moments, but Mozart naturally put his own twist on the form, taking the genre to a whole new level and expanding it to include a full wind band with a special role for the clarinet and basset horn. With a work lasting nearly an hour, Mozart is the centre of attention, but it’s probably not a piece you would want to perform under a balcony!
The passionate conductor and harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock made a name for himself as an early music pioneer, but his expertise is truly boundless. ‘I love all good music,’ he says. Indeed, he has led the Concertgebouworkest since 2008 in works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Liszt and Chopin. Whenever Pinnock is on the podium, sparks fly. No wonder he is now one of the Concertgebouworkest’s most popular guest conductors.