The New York Philharmonic Plays Mozart's Final Symphonies
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Tune in Thursday at 9 pm as music director Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in Mozart's final three symphonies. Mozart composed all three all within a span of 12-weeks during the summer of 1788. Together, they show the composer at the height of the abilities and resources.
The great maestro Nikolaus Harnoncourt considered the trio together creating one grand symphonic oratorio. We'll hear the symphonies in order with the jubilant No. 39 opening. No. 40, the only one of the three symphonies to premiere during Mozart's lifetime, follows in somber G Minor. Concluding the program is the towering "Jupiter" Symphony, of which James M. Keller said, "It's emotional range is wide and deep, prefiguring the sort of vast expressive canvas that would emerge in the symphonies of Beethoven."
Alec Baldwin hosts the program.
Symphony No. 39 in E-Flat Major, K 543
Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K 550
Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K 551, “Jupiter”