Mozart, Beethoven and Marriner on Symphony @ 7

Mozart’s final symphony from Salzburg before moving on to Vienna and a Beethoven piano concerto performance celebrating the opening of the 40th anniversary of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will be featured this evening on Symphony @ 7.

Symphony No. 34 in C is from 1780 and is the last one Mozart wrote while living in Salzburg, the town of his birth.  He was soon to head off for Vienna where he lived for the rest of his all-too-brief life.  This symphony is not heard all that often, but like virtually everything he wrote, it is worth a listen.  The final six  “late” symphonies, Nos. 35 to 41, are usually considered his greatest, so this one can easily get lost in the shuffle.

Like the better known “Paris” symphony (No. 31) and the “Prague” (No. 38), No. 34 is also in three movements, rather than four.  It may have been intended for a concert in Munich, where he was supervising rehearsals for his opera Idomeneo in the fall of 1780.  At any rate, he liked it well enough to take with him to Vienna for concerts in 1781 and 82.

We’re featuring Neville Marriner with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields for our performance this evening, but here’s another one for a sample:

For the rest of the hour we’ll have a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C from the opening concert of the 40th anniversary season of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in September of 2008 with pianist Jeffrey Kahane and conductor Neville Marriner.

Sir Neville Marriner is, in the minds of many people, most closely associated with the Acadamy of St. Martins-in-the-Fields, the chamber orchestra he founded in London in 1959 and directed for many years.  Their many fine recordings have been (and still are) main-stays in the classical catalog.  In 1968, he became the first music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, using his already famous Academy as a model.  As it turns out, Jeffrey Kahane, our soloist this evening for the Beethoven, is now the music director of LACO.

I hope you can join me for Mozart, Beethoven and Marriner on Symphony @ 7 on Classical 101.   

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