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Czech Philharmonic ⬩ Franz Welser-Möst
In the last days of his life, Anton Bruckner was still working on a masterpiece dedicated “to beloved God”. His complex Ninth Symphony embodies a mixture of late Romanticism and Modernism. The first half of the programme features a lighter genre – the Violin Concerto No. 5 by Bruckner’s compatriot Mozart played by concertmaster Jan Mráček.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K 219 (31')
Rondeau – Tempo di menuetto – Allegro
— Intermission —
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, WAB 109 (63')
Feierlich, misterioso (Solemn, mysterious)
Scherzo. Bewegt, lebhaft; Trio. Schnell (Scherzo. Animated, lively; Trio. Fast)
Adagio. Langsam, feierlich (Adagio. Slow, solemn)
Jan Mráček violin
Franz Welser-Möst conductor
About 120 years separate Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto from Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony. In music history, this is the period stretching from Classicism to Late Romanticism, a time of great political and social change. The Austrian Empire where both composers were born and lived became Austria-Hungary, went through various wars and revolutions, and witnessed sweeping scientific discoveries and the industrial revolution. Above all, the works contrast in mood: the feelings that reign supreme in Mozart’s concerto are joy, youthfulness, lightness, and carefree playfulness, while in Bruckner’s symphony, written at the very end of his life, the themes are existential.
Rudolfinum — Dvořák Hall
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