|Maestro Hans Graf|
After Edvard Grieg's concert overture "In Autumn", will be one of my favorite piano concertos by Mozart, his number 23 in A Major. This is a bright positive work with its beautiful melodic and pensive adagio movement I played just last Sunday on the Tales. I love the exiting final movement which is in rondo form [and which I feature on today's post].
After intermission will be Beethoven's 6th Symphony masterpiece, "the Pastoral". This epic symphony of sounds of nature is in F Major. It is unique in the fact that it has five, rather than the usual four, movements that a symphony has: 1. Allegro ma non troppo 2. Andante molto mosso
3. Scherzo, Allegro 4. Allegro 5. Rondo, Allegretto
Said so beautifully by the Houston Symphony Orchestra web site: "The Pastoral brings you back to nature with its musical depiction of the countryside, punctuated with sweet birdsongs, the first drops of an unexpected storm, violent thunderclaps and the joyous return of the sun".
The final movement is one of great beauty and comfort containing a depiction of the shepherd's song of thanksgiving. The ending is that of peaceful happiness, not the usual rousing climax of a Beethoven symphony.
Once again Tales would like to share a little of what we will be experiencing tonight in Jones Hall.
Note: I'd like to thank xyzkerry on U-Tube for the video of not just the music but awesome pics on the second video.
Please turn up the volume and enjoy:
W.A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in A Major, Movement 3, Rondo, Allegro Assai:
L.V. Beethoven: Symphony #6 in F Major, "Pastoral", Movement 5, Allegretto: