Reicha Overture in D major
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 3 in D major, K 40
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, K 41
Schubert Symphony No. 2 in B-flat major, D 125
Robert Levin Piano/Conductor
Good God! How hard I work and sweat… and to you, my friend, it is all child’s play. ‘Yes,’ I replied, ‘I too had to work hard, so as not to have to work hard any longer.’
(Mozart recalls an exchange with G F Richter in a letter of 1784)
As a keyboard player, Mozart astonished his contemporaries not just with technical virtuosity and musicianship, but with an unsurpassed talent for improvisation that was both boundlessly inventive and apparently effortless. Aurora is thrilled to welcome Robert Levin, one of the great pianists and improvisers of our age, for a programme which explores youthful precocity, showmanship and the visceral impact of a newly-spun cadenza.
O Mozart, immortal Mozart, how many, how infinitely many inspiring suggestions of a finer, better life have you left in our souls!
(Franz Schubert, 1816)
This concert is part of Mozart’s Piano.