Illustration by Dennis Bolt

Mozart the Radical

February 10–13, 2022

Mozart was a composer who loved to test boundaries, and in his Symphony No. 38 you hear him pushing the orchestra of the day to the limit, expanding the horizons of the symphony. It’s a veritable smorgasbord of invention, a riot of creativity.

MOZART Concerto for Fortepiano No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
MOZART “Ch’io mi scordi di te? … Non temer, amato bene”, K. 505
MOZART “Bella mia fiamma, addio”, K. 528
MOZART Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504 “Prague”
Richard Egarr, conductor and fortepiano
Elizabeth Watts, soprano
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

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About Mozart the Radical

Mozart was a composer who loved to test boundaries, and in his Symphony No. 38 you hear him pushing the orchestra of the day to the limit, expanding the horizons of the symphony. It’s a veritable smorgasbord of invention, a riot of creativity.

At the start of the finale, Mozart cheekily squeezes in a little snippet of music from The Marriage of Figaro, so it’s only appropriate that we showcase some of his operatic writing too, including the concert aria “Will I forget you? … Fear not, beloved,” here with Elizabeth Watts in her PBO debut.

Dark, tragic and passionate, Mozart’s Concerto No. 24 was admired by none other than Beethoven, and for this concert the original textures and sounds of the work are revealed with Richard Egarr performing it on a fortepiano, the instrument for which it was written.

The Music

MOZART Concerto for Fortepiano No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
MOZART “Ch’io mi scordi di te? … Non temer, amato bene”, K. 505
[intermission]
MOZART “Bella mia fiamma, addio”, K. 528
MOZART Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504 “Prague”

Program Notes

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Mozart the Radical

THU 2/10/22
8:00 p.m.
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
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FRI 2/11/22
7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto
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SAT 2/12/22
8:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church, Berkeley
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SUN 2/13/22
4:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church, Berkeley
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