Youthful and Mature Mozart on Symphony @ 7

This evening on Symphony @ 7, we have an hour of Mozart with two fine contrasting examples of his art, a relatively youthful symphony of his Salzburg period, and his final piano concerto completed in Vienna in the last year of his life.

Symphony No. 28 in C from 1774 (or possibly 1773) is one of the less often heard symphonies form this great composer, who in his short life of 35 years left us so many undisputed masterpieces.  This symphony appeared between the intensely dramatic Symphony No. 25 in G minor (one of only two he wrote in a minor key) and the more sunny and outgoing No. 29 in A major.  Even though it’s a 25 minute work in the performance I have for you this evening, it kind of falls between the cracks, not having the drama of No. 25, or showing the advance of Mozart’s personal style in No. 29 with its memorable opening theme.  The four movement Symphony No. 28 is more in the gallant style, and has a more intimate and at times chamber-like quality, yet is still, as would be expected from Mozart, very enjoyable music.

In contrast, Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat comes from the most mature period of Mozart’s musical output.  He wrote only one more concerto after this, the sublime Clarinet Concerto in A major later in the same year.  Although not as dramatic as some of Mozart’s other piano concertos, No. 27 exhibits  wonderful interaction between the piano, woodwinds and strings, indicative of a remarkable mellowing and maturity for someone so young.  This same period also saw such masterpieces as the final String Quintet, the opera The Magic Flute and the unfinished Requiem.

And of course, for more Mozart, don’t miss the Amadeus Deli Monday through Fridays at noon with host Jennifer Hambrick for music of Mozart and of Mozart’s time for your lunch hour here on Classical 101.