Lucerne Festival: The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Plays Mozart and Bruckner
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Guest conductor Daniel Harding leads the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a program of Mozart and Bruckner in this second of four broadcasts recorded live from the 2015 Lucerne Festival in Switzerland.
The first half of the program is the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 18 featuring South African pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout as soloist. Bezuidenhout studied first in Australia, then at the Eastman School in New York, and now lives in London. He often performs on fortepiano, but chose the modern piano for this Mozart performance.
On the second half is Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5. Music writers often talk about the structure of this symphony and how it was a turning point in Bruckner’s compositional style. Bruckner himself called it a "contrapuntal masterpiece."
American conductor Leon Botstein wrote in 1995, "Bruckner creates his own sense of time and therefore the inner journey for the listener, it is likely that the essence of that journey, for Bruckner, was the celebration of faith and a sense of awe; and the expression of the variety and majesty of God’s creation through sound.”
Also on the program is a profile on composer Tod Machover’s "Symphony for Lucerne."
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 18 KV 456
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 5
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Daniel Harding, conductor
Kristian Bezuidenhout, piano