"The NSO sounded like the gleaming virtuoso collective it is." --The Washington Post
In his brief life, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart became the world's consummate classicist. Two centuries later, Igor Stravinsky reigned as the consummate neo-classicist. In this fascinating program, more than a dozen members of the National Symphony Orchestra explore these two genius composers in their pursuit of excellence. Beginning the concert with one of Mozart's expressive sonatas for violin and piano, NSO Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef and principal pianist Lambert Orkis are then joined by principal clarinetist Loren Kitt for a trio suite from Stravinsky's evocative "The Soldier's Tale." The program's second half is dedicated to a wind octet by each composer: Stravinsky's first masterpiece in a neo-classical style and one of the great works of the 20th century, and Mozart's radical departure from the serenade form for pairs of oboes, clarinets, horns, and bassoons.