Carnegie Hall Presents

Mozart Madness

With seductive melodies and stunning virtuosity, Mozart expressed emotions that span the tragic to the comic in his concertos and symphonies. The Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat Major is a witty dialogue between soloists; the Piano Concerto No. 23 glows with divine light and operatic melancholy; and the Piano Concerto No. 20, a favorite of Beethoven, is highly dramatic. High spirits dominate Mozart’s Symphony No. 33, while he breaks new ground in his “Linz” Symphony—the first of his last set of works in the form.
December 28, 2016
New York String Orchestra
January 29, 2017
Staatskapelle Berlin
April 20, 2017
Orchestra of St. Luke's

New York String Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 | 8 PM

Performers

New York String Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, Conductor
Anna Polonsky, Piano
Orion Weiss, Piano

Program

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, "Classical"
MOZART Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat Major, K. 365
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4, "Italian"
Say farewell to the old year with magnificent music. The New York String Orchestra opens the concert with Prokofiev’s witty “Classical” Symphony, a work that looks back to Haydn and Mozart, then brings down the house with a whirling tarantella in Mendelssohn’s exuberant “Italian” Symphony. Between the symphonies, hear pianists Anna Polonsky and Orion Weiss engage in a delightful musical conversation in Mozart’s tuneful Concerto for Two Pianos.

Listen

MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4, “Italian” (Saltarello: Presto)


Jaime Laredo, Conductor | Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Staatskapelle Berlin

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, January 29, 2017 | 2 PM

Performers

Staatskapelle Berlin
Daniel Barenboim, Music Director, Conductor, and Piano

Program

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 9
The warm lyricism of a Mozart piano concerto sets the stage for the apocalyptic storm and valediction of Bruckner’s final symphony. At the time of his death, Bruckner had completed only three movements of his Ninth Symphony, but what he left is gripping. The opening movement ascends from a musical primordial haze to a sonorous climax, while the second-movement Scherzo is relentless in its power. In the Adagio finale, Bruckner explores new harmonic regions, hitherto unheard before resolving all with a serenely hushed ending.

Daniel Barenboim's performances with the Staatskapelle Berlin mark the 60th anniversary of his Carnegie Hall debut on January 20, 1957.

Listen

BRUCKNER Symphony No. 9 (Scherzo: Bewegt lebhaft)


Daniel Barenboim, Conductor | Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra of St. Luke's

Roger Norrington: All-Mozart

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 8 PM

Performers

Orchestra of St. Luke's
Sir Roger Norrington, Conductor
Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano

Program

MOZART Symphony No. 33
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466
MOZART Symphony No. 36, "Linz"

Encores:
MOSZKOWSKI Etude in A-flat Major, Op. 72, No. 11
MOZART "Deh, per questo istante" from La clemenza di Tito
Known “to play virtually any score as if the musicians had all grown up with it under their pillows” (New York magazine), Orchestra of St. Luke’s captivates audiences with playing that’s “tight, polished, and vigorous” (The New York Times). Sir Roger Norrington conducts an all-Mozart program, including Benjamin Grosvenor playing the dramatic Piano Concerto No. 20.