The Irish Chamber Orchestra
Jörg Widmann Principal Conductor/Clarinet
Igor Levit Piano
Mozart Don Giovanni Overture, K. 527
Mozart Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467 Elvira Madigan
Mendelssohn Andante from Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major for Clarinet, String Orchestra and Celesta (arr. Widmann 2016)
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5 in D, Op. 107
Jörg Widmann and the Irish Chamber Orchestra introduce the great Russian pianist Igor Levit, one of the world’s most talked about musicians. Levit adds his own alluring colour and style to Mozart’s breath-taking Piano Concerto No. 21. Widmann has re-arranged the Andante from Mendelssohn’s early Clarinet Sonata for clarinet and string orchestra which contrasts with a powerful rendition of Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony.
Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture suggests an impending tragedy, but the music makes an emotional u-turn into something quite magnificent. It counter-balances the powerful close of Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony (No. 5), a work written to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation that affords an instructive insight into the composer’s use of Lutheran church music.
Mozart’s piano concertos are some of his greatest works. His wildly popular Concerto No. 21 was written by the twenty-nine-year old Mozart, six years before his early death. By virtue of its slow movement, this work has become one of the most recorded of Mozart’s concertos ever since featuring in the 1967 film, Elvira Madigan. Mozart’s C major Fugue was first composed for two pianos, but the composer later re-arranged it for strings – adding an introductory Adagio reminiscent of a French overture.
Widmann brings his own twist to the Andante from Mendelssohn’s Clarinet & Piano Sonata, which he has arranged for Clarinet, String Orchestra and Celesta – featuring Widmann on Clarinet and Levit exchanging the Grand Piano for the Celesta.
Presented by the Irish Chamber Orchestra
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