The Opening of the Season with Maestro Mehta and Maria João Pires

מריה ז'ואאו פירז'

Date

20.10.2017

Friday 11:00

Hall

Lowy Concert Hall

Venue

Charles R. Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv

Venue

Charles R. Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv

Hall

Lowy Concert Hall

Artists

Zubin Mehta, conductor 

Maria João Pires, pianist 

Astrith Baltsan, presenter 

Concert Program

Mozart: Symphony no. 36, K. 425 (“Linz”)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 3

Event Info

The selection of works which opens the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s 82nd season reflects a “thinking out-of-the-box” approach in terms of the works and the artists.

The first performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 was one he did not forget. The best musicians in Vienna were playing in another concert and Beethoven was forced to assemble an orchestra from the remainder.  With insufficient funds to finance a meal, one of his friends paid for cold meat and wine for all the musicians out of his own pocket. And what about the score? The copyist had not managed to finish transcribing the work so Beethoven played the solo part from a blank score whose pages he turned just for form. On that day, however, Beethoven broke new ground for he completely re-invented the form of the piano concerto.
With Piano Concerto No. 3, Beethoven parted from the tradition of Haydn and Mozart. Outwardly, he seemed to be looking to Mozart’s concerto No. 24, his famed predecessor, and made changes that were not too dramatic but nevertheless represented new changes in the color-tone of the orchestral instruments and in the balance between the soloist and the orchestra. This involved an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary process. But it was clear from the very first performance that the piano concerto had changed definitively and forever.

The concerto will be performed by Maria João Pires, one of the most refined, sensitive pianists of our time and an artist who has initiated numerous “out-of-the-box” projects. Pires opened a center in Portugal where artists can meet and enrich one another and she initiated choral projects for children with disabilities in several places across Europe. She firmly believes that music should not solely be the domain of a concert hall but should also have a social function, and she has always acted on this belief.

Mozart and his wife arrived in Linz on their way to Vienna after visiting his father in Salzburg. They were invited to stay at the home of a local count who immediately announced an orchestral concert. “I didn’t have all my notes with me” Mozart wrote to his father. But, in less than four days, Mozart composed one of the most beautiful and innovative symphonies – Symphony No. 36 known as the Linz Symphony. The slow introduction to the first movement was a major innovation in those days. Does any member of the audience know that the notes were transcribed just a few minutes before the performance?  It is doubtful.

 

Price Range

170 - 490 NIS

Duration

approx 90 minutes, no intermission

Duration

approx 90 minutes, no intermission

Price range

170 - 490 NIS

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