More often than not, composers of an earlier time were also great performers. That is certainly the case with Mozart who was a multiple threat as virtuoso pianist, superb violinist and violist in addition to his supreme gifts as a composer. Mozart likely he wrote his five violin concertos for his own use and No. 4 is one of the most charming of the group. Beethoven’s early fame was as a pianist and this charming second symphony was written alongside his third piano concerto. It’s full of wit and musical jokes-who says the heaven storming Beethoven had no sense of humor! And speaking of humor, Igor Stravinsky (who was a fine pianist as well) fills his little 1920s Concertino with dry wit and spiky rhythms alternating with moments of bittersweet lyricism.

The Classical Concert

01/14/2016, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Royce Auditorium, St. Cecilia Music Center map

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More often than not, composers of an earlier time were also great performers. That is certainly the case with Mozart who was a multiple threat as virtuoso pianist, superb violinist and violist in addition to his supreme gifts as a composer. Mozart likely he wrote his five violin concertos for his own use and No. 4 is one of the most charming of the group. Beethoven’s early fame was as a pianist and this charming second symphony was written alongside his third piano concerto. It’s full of wit and musical jokes; who says the heaven storming Beethoven had no sense of humor! And speaking of humor, Igor Stravinsky (who was a fine pianist as well) fills his little 1920s Concertino with dry wit and spiky rhythms alternating with moments of bittersweet lyricism.

Stravinsky Concertino for Twelve Instruments
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4
Beethoven Symphony No. 2

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Larry Rachleff, Conductor   Angelo Xiang Yu, Violin