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Mozart’s Piano: Vienna, City of Dreams

Mozart’s Piano: Vienna, City of Dreams

Mahler Piano Quartet in A minor
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 11 in F major, K413 (chamber version)
Mahler (arr. Farrington) Das Lied von der Erde

Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
Andrew Staples tenor
John Reid piano
Nicholas Collon conductor

A programme of works rooted in Vienna, including Mahler’s epic symphonic song cycle Das Lied von der Erde and Mozart’s ravishing chamber arrangement of his F-major piano concerto, K413.

Few cities in the world have been such dramatically productive cultural crucibles as Vienna. This programme traces a path from one of Mozart’s earliest ‘Vienna concertos’ in 1782 to a mature masterpiece written by Mahler after a catastrophic summer in the city in 1907.

Inspired by the chamber arrangements which Schoenberg and his circle created for later Viennese performances, Iain Farrington’s exquisite arrangement of Das Lied von der Erde preserves Mahler’s original instrumentation but distils his vast symphonic scoring to an intimate sixteen-player orchestration. The result is a transparent, jewel-like reduction, perfectly suited for St. George’s Bristol and Kings Place London, where individual instrumental and vocal lines are heard with new clarity.

The Kings Place concert is part of Mozart’s Piano and will be preceded by a free pre-concert talk featuring Iain Farrington, Aurora’s Arranger-in-Residence in conversation with Nicholas Collon.

Mozart’s Piano is generously supported by:

The Parabola Foundation (principal supporter)
An Anonymous Donor
Nicholas Snowman & Wartski
Aurora Orchestra’s Concerto Patrons & Friends