Notes and Editorial Reviews
Hosted by eminent conductor, pianist and man-about-music André Previn this series tells the story of Mozart's travels, featuring a piano concerto from each period of his life. With performances by well-known international soloists.
Episode 11 Frankfurt - Piano Concerto KV 459 played by Radu Lupu
When Austria's Emperor Leopold II went to the Congress City of Frankfurt to be crowned Holy Roman Emperor, Mozart went along for the ride, hoping to be honoured with a commission for a coronation work, or better yet, an imperial appointment. The results were disastrous. His arch-rival Salieri received the commission for the coronation opera, a commission which must have been doubly galling for Mozart because the
libretto was an adaptation by Lorenzo da Ponte of a play by Beaumarchais, two men who had figured so importantly in his own operatic development. After being frustrated at just about every turn, Mozart was finally asked to write and perform a piano concerto for a concert on the fringe of the coronation ceremonies, a work which is no less regal for being virtually ignored at the time of its creation. In our presentation the Coronation Concerto KV 459 will be played in the Imperial Hall of the Residence Palace in Munich, the city where it received one of its major initial hearings, in a reading by pianist Radu Lupu and the German Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra under David Zinman. The Bavarian capital of Munich was always one of Mozart's favourite places - it saw important performances of many of his major instrumental works and hosted the world première of his monumental opera seria, “Idomeneo, re di Creta”. The first printed edition of his concerto KV 537, written for Munich, is remarkable for the fact that it doesn't contain all the notes of the solo part. This method prevented the music from falling into the hands of dishonest copyists, but more importantly, it reflects the fact that pianists were pretty much expected to know what the composer wanted from a musical sketch which called upon them to improvise the necessary harmonies, sometimes at sight. In our performance, given at Munich's Residence Palace, the musical adviser of “Mozart on Tour”, Maestro Wilhelm Keitel will leads members of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra with Homero Francesch at the keyboard.
Episode 12 Munich - Piano Concerto KV 537 played by Homero Francesch
The Bavarian capital of Munich was always one of Mozart's favourite places - it saw important performances of many of his major instrumental works and hosted the wolrd premiere of his monumental opera seria, "Idomeneo, re di Creta".
Episode 13 Vienna - Piano Concerto played by Aleksandar Madzar
With his short life cruelly and rapidly drawing to a close, Mozart once again turned to the compositional style which most directly and profoundly reflected his own personality, the concerto for piano and orchestra, to say a few final things. The work, which, because of Mozart's dwindling eminence, had to be performed in another musician's academy, might have turned out to be a solemn, lugubrious work, but Mozart, even in his final days, was not about to make his farewells with a superficial, obvious cliché. In the final movement of an entirely positive and uplifting composition he regales his audiences with a lyrical children's song, invoking the joys of youth and springtime, perhaps a reflection back on those halcyon days when the monumental child prodigy first tasted the delights of being “Mozart on Tour”. In a fitting finale to our series Aleksandar Madzer joins Maestro André Previn and the European Chamber Orchestra in Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace for a performance of Mozart' s final concerto.
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Piano no 19 in F major, K 459 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Radu Lupu (Piano)
German Chamber Philharmonic
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria
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