Mozart On Tour - Vienna And Prague DVD Features
Episode 7 Vienna - Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major KV 453
Dezsö Ránki, piano; European Chamber Orchestra
In Vienna, Mozart experienced the highest and lowest points of his life. Travelling in the retinue of his ecclesiastical employer, Archbishop Colloredo of Salzburg, Wolfgang had a bitter fight over his position at court, resulting in his being literally kicked in the pants and summarily fired 'from his job; Too proud to follow his father's example and beg for his old position back, Wolfgang found himself abandoned, friendless and destitute - when, lo and behold! Whom did he run into but the Webers from Mannheim, the family with the beautiful talented daughters, who had come here to live after the death of father Fridolin. Mrs. Weber, however,soon had reason to regret her decision to provide a home for the young musician, when the impoverished Wolfgang fell madly in love with her daughter Constanze, a resourceful young lady who was prepared to do anything and everything to get her man. Their stormy courtship and ultimate marriage has gone down as one of the greatest love stories in human history. The piano Concerto KV 453, composed for one of Mozart's most gifted pupils, takes place in the Austrian Imperial Palace in Schönbrunn and features soloist Dezsö Ránki and the European Chamber Orchestra.
Episode 8 Vienna - Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor KV 466
Ivan Klánsk, piano; Prague Chamber Orchestra/Jiri Belohlavek
With Wolfgang and Constanze comfortably ensconced in Vienna, adored by the local music loving community, life looked better than ever. Wolfgang enhanced his artistic position as the focal point of a number of musical "academies," not educational events, but rather large-scale concert presentations centred around the works of the featured composer. Feelings were mixed when Leopold Mozart announced his intentions to pay a visit. Relations between father and son had been strained ever since Wolfgang's precipitous dismissal from the service of the Salzburg Archbishop, and Leopold made little secret of his distaste for what he considered his son's rather frivolous life-style. But a moving reconciliation took place when the most celebrated composer of the day, Franz Joseph Haydn, came to call. After joining both Mozarts in a reading of the string quartets Wolfgang had dedicated to him, he solemnly thanked Leopold "before God as an honest man" for his contribution to the musical education of the man he declared to be the greatest composer he had ever known. His piano works from this period give us some idea of what a consummate performer he must have been as well.We will hear his concerto KV 466 played in the city where he experienced his greatest successes, Prague, in a performance at Waldstein Palace featuring soloist Ivan Klánsk and Jiri Belohlávek at the podium of the Prague Chamber Orchestra.
Source: Qualiton Records
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