National Symphony Orchestra: David Zinman, conductor: Angela Hewitt, piano, plays Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 / Works by R. Strauss & Schoenberg
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - Saturday, October 11, 2014
"Mesmerizing" (The Sunday Times) pianist Angela Hewitt plays Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 on a program that also includes R. Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra and Schoenberg's Five Pieces for Orchestra.
"Mesmerizing" (The Sunday Times) pianist Angela Hewitt plays Mozart's gorgeous and elegant Piano Concerto No. 22, most notable for its ornate solo passages, warm woodwind infusions, echoes of Mozart's own opera Le nozze di Figaro, and a rapid finale that's temporarily interrupted by a poignant minuet. The concerto was also featured in the Oscar-winning film Amadeus. The program also includes R. Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra--the mighty theme from the classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey--and Schoenberg's Five Pieces for Orchestra.
Jauvon Gilliam, NSO principal timpani, on Also sprach Zarathustra: "Also sprach Zarathustra starts off with a bang, quite literally--me! Strauss takes inspiration from Nietzche's novel, which centers around creation and the meaning of life. Strauss ends the piece in two different keys, leaving the answers to these questions open to interpretation. Brilliant!"
Performance Timing: Part One - 50 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 35 min.
NOTE: Following all three concerts, Thursday–Saturday, Oct. 9–11, Angela Hewitt will sign various CDs and materials in the Grand Foyer outside of the Concert Hall.