Lang Lang at Tanglewood

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
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The World of Schubert

Friday, May 4, 2012
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Mozart and the Levins

Thursday, April 26, 2012
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Mozart's music is at once the simplest and most difficult music to perform, requiring a combination of supreme technical control and an ease and freedom of delivery.

Join us for Boston Baroque and conductor Martin Pearlman in an All-Mozart program, with soloists Robert Levin and Ya-fei Chuang.

To hear the concert, click on "Listen" above.

Hear Robert Levin and Ya-fei Chuang talk about the concert

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The challenge of Mozart's music involves the same qualities that make it such a joy to hear. It lies in the clarity, simplicity, and proportion Mozart envisioned and wrote into the music. There is an undeniable virtuosity, to be sure, but rather than being an end unto itself, that virtuosity is at the service of the overall picture of grace and beauty.

Fortepiano made by Paul McNulty, following an 1804 original by the Viennese maker Anton Walter (by Opus33 [CC-BY-SA-3.0], from Wikimedia Commons)
The challenges - and rewards - are exponentially heightened when Mozart's musical thoughts are channelled through a keyboard instrument of his time. Today's grand pianos, built for projecting massive Romantic creations into large concert halls, constitute a wonder of human invention.

But, as you can see in the videos with Robert Levin below, they are something of a leap away from the sound world of Mozart. On a fortepiano of Mozart's time, that control and virtuosity must be delivered with an even finer sense of gradation, subtlety, and color. Likewise, the listening experience brings a new sense of discovery to Mozart's creation.

For this performance of Mozart's Concerto in for Two Pianos, Boston Baroque, now in its 39th year, invited two performers known around the world, but based here in Boston. Robert Levin is one of the world's foremost authorities on Mozart through his musicological work at Harvard University, and his wife, Ya-fei Chuang, travels the world as a soloist in both recitals and orchestral collaborations.

On the program:

Symphony No. 29 in A, K. 201

Concerto in E-flat for Two Pianos, K. 365
Robert Levin and Ya-fei Chuang, fortepianos

Arrangements of fugues from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, K. 405

Symphony No. 36 in C Major (“Linz”), K. 425

Videos with Robert Levin, describing Mozart's music and the fortepiano:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

A Burst of Colors in the Easter Oratorio

Friday, April 6, 2012
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Leif Ove Andsnes in Concert at Carnegie Hall

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes performs at Carnegie Hall in a program that includes music by Haydn, Bartók, Debussy, and Chopin.

Four composers who challenged the technical and musical possibilities inherent in the piano are represented in the program. From Haydn's Classical-era expansion of the sonata to Bartók's use of Hungarian folk song idioms, with additional excursions to the Impressionism of Debussy and a robust exploration of the groundbreaking works of Chopin.

Enjoy the concert on-demand below!

On the program:

Haydn - Sonata in C Minor, Hob. XVI:20
Bartók - Suite, Op. 14
Debussy - Images, Book I
Chopin - Waltz in F Minor, Op. 70, No. 2
Chopin - Waltz in G-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 1
Chopin - Waltz in D-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 3
Chopin - Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 42
Chopin - Ballade in A-flat Major, Op. 47
Chopin - Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1
Chopin - Ballade in G Minor, Op. 23

See video of Leif Ove Andsnes in our Fraser Performance Studio

Bach at the Toy Store

Monday, November 7, 2011
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J.S. Bach meets F.A.O. Schwartz

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