Vienna - once the music hub of Europe - attracted all the greatest composers of its day, among them Beethoven, Schubert and Mozart. This concert given by András Schiff and the Capella Andrea Barca during the Salzburg Mozart Week brings together three works by these great composers, which each of them created early in life at the start of an impressive Viennese career.
The programme opens with Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto: “Sensitively supported by the rich and supple tone of the strings, Schiff’s pianistic virtuosity explores the length and breadth of Beethoven’s early work, from the opulent to the playful, with a palpable delight rarely found in such measure in a pianist”, was the admiring verdict of the Salzburg press.
As in his opening piece, Schiff again succeeded in Schubert’s symphony “from the first note to the last in creating a sound world that flooded the mind’s eye with images” (Drehpunkt Kultur).
The climax of the concert was the Mozart piano concerto. “Schiff here demonstrates his skill in pianistic interpretation and in conducting, nuanced, passionate, a sensitive revelation – Mozart balanced between reverie and virtuosity”, enthused the press.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D 485
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K 482