Family of pianists
Karin Kei Nagano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto for three pianos and orchestra No. 7 in F major KV 242, 'Lodron-Concerto'
Concerto for two pianos and orchestra in D minor
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Orchestral Suite Op. 60, TrV 228c
A rare opportunity to hear Mozart’s Concerto for three pianos, written at the request of a mother to play with her two daughters. As history always repeats itself, this family composition will be played for us, just as in the past, by three musicians conducted by their husband / brother-in-law / father.
Poulenc’s Concerto for two pianos is one of the outstanding works by the French composer. Written in memory of Mozart, it is tinted by the sounds of the Balinese gamelans that the composer heard at the Colonial Exhibition of 1931 in Paris.
On hearing the premiere of Strauss’ orchestral suite arranged from the stage music of le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, the Viennese press reached the conclusion“A second-class Beethoven” which, understandably bowled over Richard Strauss. The work is however charming with its rococo neo-classicism and splendid orchestration.