András Schiff conductor/piano
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 9
MOZART Symphony No. 36, Linz
MOZART Overture, Don Giovanni
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20
A chance to hear one of the world’s greatest living pianists live in concert as Sir András Schiff performs and conducts an evening of Mozart masterpieces.
Famed for his understated, lyrical virtuosity, Schiff’s performances have been celebrated across the world: "He found song where others find formula; he conveyed song where others play scales", Los Angeles Times. Bookending tonight’s programme, he play-directs two of Mozart’s best-loved piano concertos.
Overflowing with youthful joy, the Ninth Piano Concerto has been described as one of the first masterpieces of the Classical style. Through charming dialogue between the piano and orchestra it unfolds with an exquisite delicacy.
Completing the Philharmonia’s concert, the 20th Piano Concerto is a completely different experience despite being written just seven years later. Dark, turbulent and filled with furious energy it offers a real tour de force for the soloist – though at its heart lies a tender romance in the second movement. But the drama of the storm quickly returns, building the excitement until a glorious, jubilant final melody rounds off the evening.
Framed by the two concertos, Schiff conducts Mozart’s Symphony No. 36, one of the composer’s most enduring works. Showcasing Mozart’s effortless ear for melody, the piece offers us one of the most optimistic pieces of music imaginable. From fanfare-inspired majesty to lyrical strings, it presents a ray of sunshine before we head into winter.
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