On this weekend after our American Thanksgiving Holiday, there is one more thing that Houstonians can be thankful for: our Houston Symphony Orchestra will be having an all Mozart concert this weekend that my wife, the fetching Mrs. B and I will be blessed to attend at Jones Hall in Houston.
There will be not one, but two of my favorite Mozart piano concertos on the program: his bright majestic concerto #21 in C Major that contains the “Elvira Madigan” movement [given to it after this andante theme was featured in the movie by the same name], and his dramatic concerto #24 in C minor. I love both of these piano concertos. In between the two concertos will be Mozart’s Symphony #38 in D Major, known as “The Prague”. This symphony is unique in that Mozart only scores it for 3 movements, Allegro, Andante, Presto, instead of the usual 4 movements for a classical symphony.
We will have a guest conductor for this symphony, Jeffrey Kahane. And maestro Kahane will do double duty in the piano concertos, as this virtuoso pianist will be the soloist and the conductor of the orchestra from his position at the piano.
This from the Houston Symphony Orchestra web site: “Give thanks for Mozart when veteran soloist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane leads an all-Mozart program this Thanksgiving weekend. Mozart’s dramatic Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor is the perfect foil for his charming and sensuous Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major. His delightful Prague Symphony unfolds like a musical love letter to the Bohemian capital.”
As always when the fetching Mrs. B and I attend our great world class Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Tales likes to give you a little portion of what we will be hearing tonight.
Please turn up the volume, put in full screen and enjoy this all Mozart Tales special on this weekend after Thanksgiving.
W.A. Mozart: Piano Concerto #24 in C minor, Movement 3, Allegretto:
W.A. Mozart: Symphony #38 in D Major, “Prague”, Movement 3 [finale], Presto:
W.A. Mozart: Piano Concerto #21 in C Major [Movement 1 Allegro Maestoso; (14:36) Movement 2, Andante "Elvira Madigan"; (21:33) Movement 3, Allegro Vivace Assai]:
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