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This and the Symphony in F, K19a, both date from 1765 and, although we have no categorical proof, it seems highly likely that they were composed before Mozart left London in July. K19 closely follows the three-movement prototype which characterises the symphonies by J C Bach and Abel that were current in London at the time (it would be a mistake, incidentally, to ascribe any individual significance to the fact that Mozart’s final symphonies were three times the length of his earliest ones; this is purely a reflection of the general and uniquely rapid evolution of the genre across this quarter of a century). An opening unison fanfare introduces a vivacious allegro which is redolent of the bustling city life that the Mozarts were savouring. This is followed by an elegant andante in G major, scored for strings and horns, and the work is rounded off by a lively presto, crammed full with bustling vigour and high spirits.
from notes by Ian Page © 2018