A Mozart recital at its very finest, starting with the program itself: we will be hearing some of the composer’s darker works, each a veritable gem. And then the soloists! Nils Mönkemeyer, a true star on the viola, and violinist Arabella Steinbacher, who has won acclaim for her unusual musical projects. The concert features the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg under Constantinos Carydis.
As we mentioned, the works on the program are of a rather somber character. This is especially true of the most famous Mozart symphony of them all, No. 40 in F minor, which will be concluding the evening.
But the C major key of the 34th Symphony is deceptive. Soon after the opening, Mozart reinterprets it as C minor – setting the stage for a play of light and shadow that pervades the work.
Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue in C minor reflects Mozart’s involvement with his great predecessor Bach. The austere work thus reveals nothing of the Rococo nature of the “beloved of the gods” that we hear so clearly, for example, in the Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major for violin, viola, and orchestra. The Sinfonia, a double concerto, became famous through its slow movement. This expressive music is also in C minor, the key that permeates the whole concert.
Photo: Irène Zandel
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 34 in A major, K. 338
Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K. 364 for violin, viola, and orchestra
Symphony No. 40 in A minor, K. 550
- Arabella Steinbacher Violin
- Nils Mönkemeyer Viola
- Constantinos Carydis Conductor
- Mozarteumorchester Salzburg
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