Haydn’s "Nelson Mass" might have been inspired by the visit of the British naval hero to the Esterházy estate where he worked. There’s certainly a martial flair to the work—trumpets and drums work overtime—particularly in its forceful Kyrie and Benedictus. There’s also lore surrounding Mozart’s Requiem, mostly courtesy of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, but the music reigns supreme. The choral music is grand, the passages for solo voices are expressive, and the orchestral writing anticipates the Romantics with its color and gripping dramatic power.
Orchestra of St. Luke's Bernard Labadie, Principal Conductor Lauren Snouffer, Soprano Susan Graham, Mezzo-Soprano Lothar Odinius, Tenor Philippe Sly, Bass-Baritone La Chapelle de Québec Bernard Labadie, Music Director
HAYDN Mass in D Minor, "Nelson Mass"
MOZART Requiem (revised and completed by Robert Levin)
Beethoven’s heroic music frames a Bartók work influenced by Debussy. Bartók’s sensibilities changed after a visit to Paris, absorbing the lushness of French music while also adding accents of folk music. The courageous protagonists of Beethoven’s opera Leonore—later renamed Fidelio—are depicted in a rousing overture that features themes from the opera. His brawny Third Symphony, the “Eroica,” is grandly scaled and boldly opens the door to a new age with its muscular depiction of an unnamed hero.
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Ádám Fischer, Conductor
Mitsuko Uchida’s "remarkable approach to the piano—with her ability to shift the weight and meaning of any line of music in the most brilliant and seamless ways—is a given,” wrote the Chicago Sun-Times of the legendary pianist. Uchida returns to Carnegie Hall to play and lead works by Mozart from the keyboard. From the virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 19 to the dramatic Piano Concerto No. 20—a work much admired by Beethoven—Uchida will leave you spellbound.
Mahler Chamber Orchestra Mitsuko Uchida, Piano and Director Matthew Truscott, Concertmaster and Leader
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major, K. 459
BERG Three Pieces from the Lyric Suite (arr. for string orchestra)