terça-feira, 23 de agosto de 2016
Mendelssohns | Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor (op. 25) | Yuja Wang
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor (op. 25)
Yuja Wang, piano
Verbier Festival Orchestra
Kurt Masur, direction Yuja Wang (piano)
Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor (op. 25) was written in 1830--1, around the same time as his fourth symphony ("Italian"), and premiered in Munich in October 1831. He had already written a piano concerto in A minor with string accompaniment (1822) and two concertos with two pianos (1823--4). The three connected movements —
Molto allegro con fuoco in G minor
Andante in E major
Presto—Molto allegro e vivace in G major
use several relatively new formal techniques in their brief span — for example, the piano enters very soon after the opening of the first movement, with little of an orchestral tutti to contrast with. The concerto quickly obtained popularity, and contains many sections of improvisation, one of Mendelssohn's specialities.
Kurt Masur (18 July 1927 – 19 December 2015) was a German conductor. Called "one of the last old-style maestros", he directed many of the principal orchestras of his era. He had a long career as the Kapellmeister of the Gewandhaus, and also served as music director of the New York Philharmonic.