WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast this Sunday, February 26, from 1 to 3 pm, celebrates Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart—the prodigy, and the master, with performances of his First Symphony, written at age eight, and his final one, the 41st Symphony, composed a quarter century later.
Before intermission of this all-Mozart concert performed at Verizon Hall in early January 2017, Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Bassoon Daniel Matsukawa is the soloist in Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto, offering plenty of opportunities for the bassoonist to shine, including a beautifully operatic slow movement. Guest conductor for this concert is the eminent Mozartean Jane Glover.
Since his earliest years, Mozart was recognized as one of the most extraordinary prodigies in the history of Western music, and toured extensively as a child. It was during an extended stay in London, in fact, that the boy—not yet 10 years old—underwent a series of scientific tests at the Royal Society to confirm that he wasn’t a fraud.
And it was at this very time that Mozart composed his First Symphony. Nearly 25 years later, in only six weeks during the summer of 1788, he composed his final three symphonies, works that mark the summit of his symphonic achievement.
The final Symphony No. 41 in C major, known as the “Jupiter,” a name applied after the composer’s death, reveals Mozart at his most technically brilliant. The final movement of the “Jupiter” is a compositional tour-de-force of counterpoint rivaling J.S. Bach.
Furthermore, Mozart’s symphonies had come full circle: he had used the principal theme of the "Jupiter" finale in the second movement of the First Symphony, 25 years before!
During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks with Dan Matsukawa, and Debra Lew Harder goes backstage with Jane Glover.
Not to be missed, that’s this Sunday from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI, and streaming worldwide at WRTI.org and the WRTI App!
Mozart: Symphony No. 1
Mozart: Bassoon Concerto
Daniel Matsukawa, bassoon
Mozart: Symphony No. 41
Jane Glover, conductor
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