Camerata Salzburg and Maria João Pires

Camerata Salzburg and Maria João Pires at Sion Festival 2011

American conductor and opera administrator Kent Nagano conducts the Camerata Salzburg in Gustav Mahler’s Adagietto (from the 5th Symphony) and continues with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 7, KV 595. Soloist: Maria João Pires. Recorded at the Sion Festival on August 13, 2011.

The Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler was composed in 1901 and 1902, mostly during the summer months at Mahler’s cottage at Maiernigg. Among its most distinctive features are the trumpet solo that opens the work with the same rhythmic motive as used in the opening of Beethoven’s 5th symphony, the horn solos in the third movement and the frequently performed Adagietto.

In 1776, Mozart composed three piano concertos, one of which was the Concerto in F for Three Pianos and Orchestra, No. 7, K. 242. He originally finished it in February 1776 for three pianos; however, when he eventually recomposed it for himself and another pianist in 1780 in Salzburg, he rearranged it for two pianos, and that is how the piece is often performed today.

The concerto is scored for 2 oboes, 2 horns, 3 solo pianos and strings.

The piece has 3 movements:

  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio
  3. Rondo: Tempo di minuetto

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