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Mozart, Beethoven

Salle des Combins - 17 July 2021

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

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

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor K. 466

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.