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 Baroque Concert: Respighi, Handel & Fireworks
02/24/2017, 8:00 PM to 10:15 PM
Royce Auditorium, St. Cecilia Music Center map
Patrick Dupré Quigley Conductor
Bring your dancing shoes to this concert! Patrick Quigley has chosen a completely charming group of pieces from the baroque, classic and neoclassic eras certain to set your toes tapping. From the grand and ceremonial music of Handel to the gracious ballets of Telemann and Pergolesi, the wit and charm of the 18th century is on display. The noble music that open’s Gluck’ most famous opera provides a moment of repose and Respighi’s recreations of late Renaissance and early baroque Italian melodies will beguile you. A truly festive and delightful occasion for all.