Giovanni Antonini Conductor
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra performs Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 ‘Prague’, conducted by Giovanni Antonini. The symphony was first performed in Prague, while Mozart was visiting the city – hence the nickname.
The Symphony No. 38 was first performed in Prague in 1787, while Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was visiting the city, and was therefore nicknamed ‘Prague’. Mozart was in Prague because of his opera Le nozze di Figaro, which was produced there with tremendous success. The ‘Prague Symphony’ – a great work, dramatic as an opera, and harmonically adventurous – was performed to very high acclaim as well. After the premiere, Mozart said he counted that day as one of the happiest of his life.
Giovanni Antonini made two guest appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, in 2009 and 2013. In 1985, the Italian conductor and virtuoso of the recorder and Baroque transverse flute co-founded Il Giardino Armonico, a pioneering Italian early-music ensemble playing 17th- and 18th-century music on period instruments. Like Harnoncourt, Brüggen, Koopman, Gardiner among others, Antonini is regarded as one of the leaders of the historical performance practice.