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Mozart, Beethoven
Gábor Takács-Nagy and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra perform Beethoven's joyful and witty Eighth Symphony—the first of two of the composer’s symphonies performed by the orchestra at this year's Festival. Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major K. 216 will be performed by Josef Špaček, who will make his debut this year at the Verbier Festival.
Programme

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major K. 216

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 8 in F major Op. 93

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Mozart wrote his Violin Concerto No 3 of 1775 as the teenage concertmaster of the Salzburg court orchestra, and it’s likely the outer movements owe some of their virtuosic sparkle to the influence of the Italian Baroque virtuoso violinists he’d studied with his violinist father. Its Adagio ingeniously opens with its theme alone, an accompaniment only entering on its sixth, most sighing note. Beethoven’s Symphony No 8 surprised at its 1814 premiere due to its Haydn-esque light textures and concise length, when hitherto his symphonies had been gradually increasing in both size and textural richness. There are also Haydn-esque jokes, such as in the finale when, following a pianissimo opening, the orchestra suddenly lets out a loud honk in an unrelated key.

Media
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major K. 216 | VFCO / Koopman – R. Capuçon (Salle des Combins, 2015)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 in F major Op. 93 | VFCO / Minkowski (Salle des Combins, 2012)