Sunday Concert: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K 219, Turkish

Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219,  is the last violin concerto he ´wrote. He wrote it originally for his own use but re-worked it in favour of his friend the Neapolitan violin virtuoso Antonio Brunetti who succeeded  Mozart as concertmaster the following year after one Mozart fell out with his employer…

John Blow (1649 – 1708): Venus and Adonis

Technically John Blow’s Venus and Adonis is a masque1 and indeed he himself described it as such. I suspect that he called it a masque simply because masques were a known quantity and operas were not. Leaving aside questions of nomenclature you can make a good case that with Venus and Adonis  Blow took the…