MOZART Birthday Concert SUNDAY 31 Jan 2016
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Mozart was a fervent believer in the brotherhood of man under the fatherhood of God. In 1784, at age 28, he was inducted into the Masonic Lodge in Vienna. In this happy capacity he created a number of works imbued with allusions to the humanitarian precepts of Freemasonry. Seven years later, still only 35, he was buried in a nameless grave. Yet, perhaps more than any other composer in the history of music, his music survives him. A consummate performer and composer of supreme genius, his works in every genre are unsurpassed in lyric beauty, rhythmic variety, and effortless melodic invention.
Sara Buechner Tchaikovsky competition prize-winner and pianist extraordinaire, Sara Buechner is already well known to the Tokyo Sinfonia audience. Her 2011 debut with the Sinfonia featured her performance of Mozart’s last three piano concertos in a marathon evening of keyboard mastery. She has earned innumerable plaudits for her rainbow of color and “jaw-dropingly amazing” playing. The New York Times praised her intelligence, integrity, and all-encompassing technical prowess. The Washington Post cited her thoughtful artistry in the service of music. For her return to the Tokyo Sinfonia, Sara Buechner wrote, “It’s a dream program – my favorite composer with a wonderful orchestra and fabulous conductor in the heart of Japan. I am beyond thrilled.”
Mozart’s 27 piano concertos represent an incredible outpouring of musical genius. The three works selected represent (K.415) the establishment of his fame in Vienna, (K.271) his early years in Salzburg, and (K.488) the creative to-rent of his 30th year. His inspiration produced a just mean between a symphony with piano solos, and a piano fantasia with orchestra accompaniment. He wrote his father that they are “very brilliant, pleasing to the ear and natural without being vapid. Connoisseurs can derive satisfaction, but the less learned cannot fail to be pleased.”
Concerto K.415 was composed in 1783, his third year in Vienna. It was the third of a set of three concertos written for the subscription concerts which earned him a reliable income and the strongest public recognition of his lifetime. The work’s play with contrapuntal imitation reflects Mozart’s new-found fascination with the Bach fugues which he had encountered the previous year.
Concerto K.271 was composed in Salzburg for the daughter of one of his close friends the month Mozart turned 21. Full of energy, inspiration and innovation, it is his first true masterpiece. In it he broke with established classical tradition, bringing in the soloist unexpectedly in the second measure and then making a game of who plays what at every turn. The first of his great slow movements is virtually an opera scene without singers.
Concerto K.488 was one of three piano concertos written while Mozart was engrossed in the composition of The Marriage of Figaro, whose complexity must have set his mind racing with more musical ideas than a single four-act opera could contain. Magnificent, subtle and consistently brilliant, in no other works did Mozart so ingeniously merge the symphonic, operatic and chamber music styles into one uniquely personal language of expression.
Freemasons in Japan Dedicated to making good men better, Masonic Lodges are open to all who believe in the brotherhood of men under the Fatherhood of God. Following the performance, the audience is invited to enjoy light refreshments and chat with friends, members of the Masons, our guest soloist, and the artists of the orchestra.
Concerto No. 13 in C Major for Piano & Orchestra, K. 415
Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major for Piano & Orchestra, K. 271
Concerto No. 23 in A Major or Piano & Orchestra, K. 488
開演 14:00、 開場 13:30