Distilled Contrasts: Mozart & Bartók

with Members of the Orchestra of Opera North

Sunday 15 September 2024

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Join us for two magnificent chamber works by Mozart, which sit hand-in-hand with Opera North’s production of The Magic Flute, in which wind instruments lead the way.

‘Kegelstatt’, the name given to the Trio for clarinet, viola and piano, can be translated as ‘bowling alley’; could Mozart perhaps have penned it between games? Highlights of the Flute Quartet include a slow second movement in which a beautiful melody tinged with sadness is accompanied by pizzicato strings, before being interrupted by a finale full of sunny high spirits.

Between these two Mozart pieces is Bartók’s Contrasts, a strikingly original work for violin, clarinet and piano by the Hungarian composer. It was the result of a commission from the great jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman, and was given its premiere at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1940, with Bartók himself at the piano.

£10 (+£1 booking fee)
  • Howard Assembly Room


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Mozart Kegelstatt Trio K. 498 for clarinet, viola and piano
Bartók Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano
Mozart Flute Quartet in D K. 285 for flute, violin, viola and cello


Claire Osborne Violin
Anne Trygstad Viola
Lydia Dobson Cello
Luke O’Toole Flute
Annette Saunders Piano


Featuring players from the staff and Orchestra of Opera North, our Distilled series explores new ways in which to present classical music. A chance to experience small ensembles interacting at close quarters, each of these shorter programmes offers an intense experience of chamber music in its purest essence.

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