Guest conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra in a concert from last March that offers the spirit of Mozart a connecting thread. Perhaps not surprising since, in 1787, the 16-year-old Beethoven traveled to Vienna from his native Bonn to study with Mozart. Though little is known about their encounter, Beethoven, according to legend, impressed the master, but could stay in Vienna only a short time before being called home to tend to his dying mother. Although he never would never see Mozart again, who had died by the time he returned to Vienna to study with Haydn, Beethoven greatly esteemed him as a model.
In the first half of the program this afternoon, we’ll hear one of Mozart’s most dramatic piano concertos, Number 20, in the passionate key of D minor, one which Beethoven himself particularly admired, and for which he in fact wrote the cadenzas that pianist Rudolph Buchbinder will perform.
During intermission, we’ll hear from both maestros Dohnanyi and Buchbinder as they speak with WRTI's Jim Cotter. The program will conclude with Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, a turning point not only in Beethoven’s career, but in the history of music!
The concert begins with one of Witold Lutoslawski's most accessible and highly expressive works from the 1940s and '50s, his Funeral Music. Gregg Whiteside is host and producer. Sunday, July 14, 2 to 4 pm.
More information, including program notes, on The Philadelphia Orchestra's website
Christoph von Dohnányi - Conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder - Piano
Lutoslawski - Funeral Music
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466
Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica")