Mozart Piano Concertos

Thursdays in November

 

Every Thursday in November at 10:00, 14:00, and 21:00, Stingray Brava will broadcast a performance of one of the piano concertos by W. A. Mozart. These thirteen performances were all part of the Mozart on Tour series which was previously broadcasted on Stingray Brava! Admire the pianistic virtuosity of famous soloists such as Radu Lupu, Mitsuko Uchida, and Vladimir Ashkenazy. The concerts were recorded at locations which played an important role in the life of the Salzburg genius, such as London, Vienna, Prague, and Paris!


November 1 at 10:00 | Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488

Zoltán Kocsis (1952-2016) performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, KV 488. The Virtuosi de Praha are conducted by Jirí Belohlávek in a concert that took place in Prague in 1999. Mozart completed the concerto on March 2, 1786, around the time his Le nozze di Figaro premiered. The final rondo puts Mozart’s musical humour on full display. Themes are tossed back and forth between the soloist and orchestra as they chase each other through unexpected key changes.


November 1 at 14:05 | Piano Concerto No. 19, K. 459

When Austria's Emperor Leopold II went to the congress city of Frankfurt to be crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 1790, Mozart hoped to be honored with a commission for a coronation work. The results were disastrous: Antonio Salieri received the commission for a coronation opera and Mozart was asked to write and perform a piano concerto for the coronation ceremonies, a work that was virtually ignored at the time of its creation. In this episode, soloist Radu Lupu performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19, KV 459 with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, under the baton of David Zinman. The recording took place at the Imperial Hall in Munich.


November 8 at 10:05 | Piano Concerto No. 12, K. 414

Vladimir Ashkenazy performs as a soloist and conductor in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12, KV 414. He is accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hampton Court Palace, London.


November 8 at 14:10 | Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453

This performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17, KV 453 was recorded at the Imperial Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna and features soloist Dezsö Ránki and the English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by JeffreyTate.


November 8 at 21:00 | Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466

Under the baton of Jiri Belohlávek, soloist Ivan Klánský is accompanied by the Prague Chamber Orchestra during his performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, KV 466 at the Waldstein palace in Prague.


November 15 at 10:00 | Piano Concerto No. 9, K. 271

Recorded at the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona in 2017, Alberto Martini conducts I Virtuosi Italiani featuring Italian piano soloist Roberto Prosseda performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, KV 271. This piece is nicknamed "Jenamy" (often misspelled as "Jeunehomme") and was composed for Victoire Jenamy, the daughter of Mozart’s friend Jean-Georges Noverre, a dancer and choreographer.


November 15 at 14:00 | Piano Concerto No. 24, K. 491

With sublimely beautiful music that supports, intensifies, and enhances the drama every step of the way, the Piano Concerto No. 24, KV 491 is solid drama from start to finish, with a minor harmonic structure reminiscent of Don Giovanni. In this performance, recorded at Schönbrunn palace in Vienna, Andre Previn is the soloist and conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.


November 15 at om 21:00 | Piano Concerto No. 1 & No. 4

Discover the soloist Heidrun Holtmann as she performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 1, KV 37 and Piano Concerto No. 4, KV 41, accompanied by the Orchestra della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera. Conducted by Marc Andreae, the performance took place at the historic Teatro Bibiena in Mantua.


November 22 at 10:05 | Piano Concerto No. 5, K. 175

Malcolm Frager performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 5, KV 175, a work of contrapuntal writing, a style that Mozart perfected under Padre Martini's tutelage. Discover the Orchestra della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera and conducted by Marc Andreae, at the Teatro Bibiena in Mantua.


November 22 at 14:00 | Piano Concerto No. 6, K. 238

Christian Zacharias performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 6, KV 238, accompanied by the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart under the direction of Gianluigi Gelmetti. This concert was recorded at Schwetzingen palace, where the Mannheim elector’s court would spend their summers.


November 22 at 21:00 | Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 27, K. 595

Soloist Aleksander Madzar and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Andre Previn join forces in a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27, KV 595, recorded at Vienna's Schönbrunn palace. In 1791, with his life cruelly and rapidly ending, Mozart once again turned to the compositional style which reflected his personality: the concerto for piano and orchestra. His last piano concerto, which turned out to be an uplifting composition, regales its audience with a lyrical children's song, invoking the joys of youth and springtime.


November 29 at 14:05 | Piano Concerto No. 8, K. 246

Not only was Mozart unlucky in love in Mannheim, but he also failed to achieve his ambition of becoming a court composer. The young lady Antonia Lützow, for whom he wrote his Piano Concerto No. 8, was not a very accomplished performer, but in all its simplicity, this concerto is seldom short of sublime. In this episode, soloist Christian Zacharias performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 8, KV 246, accompanied by the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart and conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti. The concert took place in Schwetzingen palace, where the Mannheim Elector’s court spent their summers.


November 29 at 21:00 | Piano Concerto No. 9, K. 271

In a Salzburg Festival performance, the Mozarteum Orchestra and pianist Mitsuko Uchida, under the baton of Jeffrey Tate, play Piano Concerto No. 9, KV 271. This piece was nicknamed “Jeunehomme” but was composed for Victoire Jeramy, the daughter of Mozart’s friend, dancer and choreographer Jean-Georges Noverre.