Mozart: Piano Concerto in A Major
Symphonic arrangements of Christmas carols
Soloists: Péter Oberfrank , Kinga Kriszta, István Horváth
Conductor: János Kovács
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) No. 23. From the first movement of his piano concerto in A major, all the youthful charm and cheerfulness of the tone in A major shines out in sunlight. The melodies performed by the orchestra are virtually spun by the piano. The 6/8 rocking slope and dotted siciliano rhythms of the movement are the characteristic elements of pastoral, idyllic music – but this time it is more than that: the piano’s pensive, lonely monologue, which is very expressive in its simplicity, large pitch jumps characteristic of piano vocals throughout. The seriousness of the tone is only temporarily resolved by the middle part of the movement in A major. The finale is not only in its scope, but also in its elaboration, the sonata rondo rivaling the 1st movement, with an irresistible momentum, which is characterized by the wasteful abundance of themes and motifs. Here, the clarinets perform several times in solo roles, and the “separate” dialogue of the piano and woodwinds, a play that imitates each other and complements each other, is usually remarkable. In the second episode of the rondo form, the tone of Adagio in F minor returns. The front of the closing movement is cheerful, mischievous in tone. In the middle of the movement, the mood grows passionate, then it turns to serenity again, this cheer culminates in the closing code. In the second half of the concert, the human voice plays an important role. The very popular couple of artists in Szombathely, Kinga Kriszta and István Horváth, will present a colorful selection of opera arias and songs related to the holiday, known to all of us, as a Christmas present.