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Symphonic Concert
Event type: Special concert, Symphonic concert
Hall: Concert Hall
Price: 90-180 zł
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Piano Concerto in C Major, KV 503 [30’]
Intermission [20']
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Piano Concerrto in C Minor, KV 491 [31’]

Both concertos to be performed tonight were written in 1786 and conclude the cycle of masterful works that Mozart composed in this genre as part of his Vienna concert series of 1782–1786. Concerto in C Minor is one of only two in a minor key (alongside the Concerto in D Minor, KV 466, written a year earlier), which for contemporary listeners must have been shocking. As Einstein wrote: “Evidently Mozart needed an eruption of passion, of dark and tragic emotions”. Also quite astonishing is the fact that this work, brimming with emotion and drama, is a con­temporary of Le Nozze di Figaro (number 492 in Köchel catalogue), as if the composer needed an expressive counterweight to this masterpiece of cheerfulness and humour. It is not surprising that this concert was particularly appreciated by Beethoven (he paid tribute to it with his Concerto No. 3) as well as the Romantics – Brahms in particular. Aston­ishing, however, is the fact, that 19th‑century composers were far less enamoured by the Concerto in C Major, KV 503, which is also a work of great perfection and in many aspects very innovative. In what is the most expansive of his concertos, Mozart takes the first step towards imposing a much more symphonic character on the genre – another shift in this direction came from Beethoven with his Concerto No. 5 (which shares with KV 503 a certain predilection for the militaire style, featuring as it does a fanfare and march motifs). The work had to wait until the 20th century for pianists and their listeners to discover it for themselves, and for scholars to see in it a concerto equivalent to the “Jupiter” Symphony.

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