The Australian Haydn Ensemble has announced its 2019 season, with an offering that extends the threads the group has been exploring recently – with some international guest artists thrown in for good measure.

The season opens in February with Haydn’s Nature, “a magical melodic exploration of the connection between nature and the music of Haydn,” said Artistic Director Skye McIntosh, who will lead the concert. The concert presents Haydn’s beloved string quartets The Lark and Sunrise alongside historical quartet arrangements of selections from his oratorios The Seasons and The Creation.

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French music and French-inspired music follows in May and June, in a concert that will see AHE’s flute player Melissa Farrow in the spotlight, with Mozart’s Flute Quartet (with its French-style rondo finale) joining the third flute quartet from Devienne’s Opus 16 set. The concert also features Jadin’s String Quartet Op. 3 No 1 and string quartet arrangements of Haydn’s Symphony No. 87, Paris, and Rameau’s Cinquième Concert from Pieces de Clavecin en Concerts.

AHE has made a feature of performing the orchestral works of Beethoven in chamber arrangements – their recording of the First and Third Piano Concertos was described as “revelatory” by Limelight’s Will Yeoman – and they continue this exploration in 2019 with Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony in August, on a program with Bocccherini’s divertimento Sextet for Flute and Strings and Mozart’s G minor String Quintet.

Canadian soprano and Handel specialist Stefanie True returns to AHE in 2019 following her performances in April this year, singing cantatas by Haydn and Handel on a program that will also feature an arrangement of Haydn’s Symphony No 73, La Chasse (The Hunt), and Avison’s Concerto Grosso No 3, After Scarlatti.

November will see the Australian debut of baroque violin specialist Midori Seiler – who has had long tenures as concertmaster of both Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and Anima Eterna Brugge. “Bavarian-Japanese violin virtuoso Midori Seiler, joins the Ensemble as guest director and soloist to finish the year with an explosive program of Mozart and Haydn in her Australian debut,” McIntosh said. “We are excited to welcome her to Australia to perform.”

Seiler will perform as soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No 2 and Haydn’s Violin Concerto in C Major, in a concert bookended by Mozart’s Symphony No 33 and Haydn’s Symphony No 80.

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