Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Menahem Pressler
courtesy of the artist

SaturdayNovember 26

Moritz Gnann, conductor
Menahem Pressler, piano

Mendelssohn - Overture, The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave)
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 27
Dvorák - Symphony No. 9, From the New World

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Charles Dutoit
Priska Ketterer

Saturday, October 29

Charles Dutoit, conductor
Ildikó Komlósi, mezzo-soprano (Judith)
Matthias Goerne, baritone (Bluebeard)

Mozart - Symphony No. 39
Bartók - Bluebeard's Castle (not available for on-demand streaming)

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Petr Kratochvil

The year was 1788. Thomas Jefferson, nearing the end of his post as the Ambassador to France, spent his days wandering the streets of Paris, attending concerts and the theater, and combing through bookshops in search of any volumes that would be pertinent to the fledgling United States of America.

In Vienna, Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart churned out more than 40 compositions, including the three symphonies that would be his last - numbers 39, 40, and 41.

And across the ocean, as more and more states ratified the U.S. Constitution, General George Washington began the campaign that resulted in his unanimous election as the new nation's first president.

Piotr Anderszewski:  Mozart - Schumann: Fantasies
Parlophone/Warner Classics

"I can hear in the music of both composers a similarity in their processes of giving physical form to their inspirations. The cruel resistance of the blank page feels, in both cases, inexistent, ignored. And therein lies an important, precious connection between Mozart and Schumann: an unobstructed directness to their music, in which the purity of intention remains intact." -Piotr Anderszewski

We play a lot of Mozart on WCRB, and for good reason. Though he's getting a little up there in years - his 261st birthday would be this Friday, January 27 - there are still so many wonderful performances and recordings of Mozart's music that prove it is just as relevant, timeless, and powerful as ever. In fact, 2016 was an all-around great year for the Austrian maestro (his CD sales are evidence enough of that).

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