Music Under the Stars as BSO Plays Works From Beethoven, Mozart & Mendelssohn
Beethoven had a difficult year in 1802, learning that his impaired hearing was incurable and likely to worsen into deafness. After a period of despair and bitterness, he emerged with renewed determination and entered a new creative phase often referred to as his "middle period." His featured work in this program was written during that time of intense creativity. The Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus was Beethoven's only full-length ballet. Next up is Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12 in A, with Paul Lewis on piano. It's the second of three concertos Mozart wrote just after his arrival in Vienna, all of which could also be played a quattro, with just piano and string quartet, thus expanding their performance possibilities. And rounding out the concert is Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4, Italian. At age 20, Mendelssohn embarked on a "grand tour," with extended visits to the British Isles and Italy, bringing home with him inspiration for future projects. The southern climate of Italy produced, in Mendelssohn's words, "the jolliest piece I have ever done." Christoph von Dohnányi conducts.
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