The year Haydn praised him as the greatest composer, Mozart premiered a sprightly concerto, now familiar from Amadeus. Pianist David Fray brings “pure Mozartean joy” to the piece, according to a New York Times review of his performance of the piece at Lincoln Center. Toward the end of the 19th century, one was either a Wagnerian or a Brahms fan; today, we can happily enjoy both giants. Brahms’s energetic Fourth Symphony is at times wistful and at others, rambunctious, but totally fulfilling.
The Thursday Matinee concerts are endowed by a gift in memory of Rhoda Goldman.
“[Fray’s playing is] beautifully balanced: delicate yet incisive." —THE NEW YORK TIMES
“The evening's hero was less visible than the singing actors on the stage, but a vital force in the orchestra pit. Asher Fisch's powerful and detailed conducting gave the production both propulsive excitement and detailed artistry — from the vivid overture to the joyous finale, which packs the punch of Beethoven's Ninth." —SEATTLE TIMES
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Concert length is approximately 2 hours.
Brahms' Symphony No. 4
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Pianist David Fray on Mozart's Piano Concertos No. 22 and 25
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"Mozart’s music requires considerable maturity (in outlook, if not in years), its graceful refinement offering artists nowhere to hide... On the basis of these recordings, Fray has an instinctive Mozartean affinity – he communicates fresh ideas with subtle, stylistic deftness." Read the full review of David Fray's recordings of Mozart's Piano Concertos No. 22 and 25 with conductor Jaap Van Zweden on BBC.co.uk.