Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto in E-flat major, K. 271
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”
Landliebe – country love or love for the country. This night, we can catch a glimpse into the pastoral adventures of the Classical masters. The first piece of the evening, The Impresario, may be linked to Vienna, being commissioned by Emperor Joseph II, still, the music is that of comic “Singspiel”, as one can hear in its harsh and plain themes. The 21-year-old Mozart met a young and talented French lady pianist, Victorie Jenamy, in Salzburg, and he decided to dedicate this piano concerto to her. In this piece, he was already challenging the formal conventions of concertos. In fact, the choice of the E-flat major key refers to an unusual seriousness, and the slow movement in C minor has a usual, mournful touch to it, which is rather remarkable in an otherwise optimistic concerto. Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, also known as Pastoral symphony, stands out from the ranks of Beethoven's symphonies: it has five movements, each of which has its own title, which turns the work into programme music. It is also unique in it that Beethoven's solemn message is least conveyed in this composition; instead, we can encounter a direct, sociable, somewhat impressionistically inclined composer.
ANDRÁS KELLER to conduct the Pannon Philharmonic for the first time
On 13 October 2022, neither the compositions nor the performers will be ordinary: at the concert ’Landliebe’, the Pannon Philharmonic will be conducted by the Kossuth Prize-winning Musical Director of Concerto Budapest, András Keller.
Please, tell us about your collaboration with the Pannon Philharmonic! Have you worked together before?
This will be our very first joint concert, which I’m looking forward to very much. I consider the PFZ an excellent ensemble with outstanding conductors and director, who work with great commitment. Until now I could observe their efforts only from a distance. Last year year, I invited them to one of our events, Hungarian Gems, where the orchestra took to the stage under Tibor Bogányi’s baton, who had conducted Concerto Budapest before at another subscription concert of ours. At this year's Hungarian Gems, Tibor will again lead Concerto Budapest (again within the subscription series), so he is starting to get used to my ensemble; I, on the other hand, will meet his orchestra for the first time.
What do you consider PFZ’s special strength?
In my view, sensitive and excellent musicians play with great enthusiasm and discipline. I find PFZ a wonderful music workshop.
What experience does Mozart’s music reinforce in you?
Playing Mozart requires a lot from us, for which we need to understand how a musical texture proceeds. As the invisible movement of our organs is connected to breathing, our music must be able to breathe in the same natural way, depending on its rhythm and character. If we find the right way to do so, music comes to life and makes equally happy those who play it and those who listen to it. I explicitly look for ways to breathe together in music.
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