Boston Philharmonic present Mozart & Rachmaninoff
October 23 - October 26, 2014
The vagaries of love, its ecstasies, surprises and wrenching reversals, form the substance of Mozart’s great comic opera Così fan tutte. Love’s comedies and love’s tragedies are inseparable, the equal sides of a balance held aloft with ironic poise by Mozart at his most masterful.
The operatic genius of Mozart makes itself felt in his non-operatic works as well, and nowhere more so than in the Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola. Unusual in form, unusual in the way that its two solo instruments interact, daring in its overtly operatic expressiveness, it is one of the pivotal works in Mozart’s evolution as a composer, and one in which we see his experimental and revolutionary side most clearly. Mozart never wrote a purely instrumental work that was more blatantly operatic than this one. We are extremely fortunate to have two of the supreme masters of their instruments to perform this work with us, violinist Miriam Fried and violist Kim Kashkashian.
If ever there were a symphony overflowing with love it is the Second Symphony of Rachmaninoff. Almost from its first note the emotion-drenched themes well up in an unstoppable flood, all of them clothed in Rachmaninoff’s most gorgeous orchestration. The variety to be found in this symphony is astonishing too – with its tender confessional passages, its rapt outpourings, its hearty humor, and its occasional dark moments. A performance of this work is always an “event,” and you won’t want to miss it!