Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien
W. A. MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488
W. A. MOZART Ch'io mi scordi di te?, K. 505
W. A. MOZART Masonic Funeral Music, K. 477
W. A. MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24, K. 491
Leif Ove Andsnes piano & director
Christiane Karg soprano
Matthew Truscott concertmaster & leader
ABOUT THIS CONCERT
Mozart Momentum 1785/1786 reunites the MCO with our Artistic Partner Leif Ove Andsnes to look deeply at two of the most creative years in Mozart’s life, through a mix of chamber and orchestral music, plus piano concertos performed with the same intimate agility and self-directed approach that was the hallmark of our celebrated collaboration during the Beethoven Journey (2013–15).
The basis for Mozart Momentum 1785/1786 is the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 20, a landmark work written in 1785 that dramatically reshaped the relationship between soloist and orchestra, paving the way for more dynamic communication, dialogue, interaction, and freedom of exchange – echoing the MCO’s own unique approach.
For this second concert of our residency at Vienna's Musikverein, in the city that was the cradle of Mozart's creativity during these years, we focus on Mozart's creativity in 1786, with a pair of dazzling piano concertos with Andsnes, the expressive concert aria Ch'io mi scordi di te? with Christiane Karg, plus the drama of the Masonic Funeral Music led by MCO Concertmaster Matthew Truscott.