Irish Chamber Orchestra: Mostly Mozart
Thomas Zehetmair’s ICO debut (April 2017) was unforgettable. The vigour and freshness of his interpretation, his attention to detail was revelatory. For his long-awaited return, Zehetmair explores two centuries of Austrian music – a highly charged journey, both in style and emotion.
Mozart’s alleged long-time rival (more legend than truth) Salieri, was a respected composer and teacher in 18th century Vienna: both Beethoven and Schubert counted amongst his pupils. His well-crafted Veneziana highlights his mastery of Italian light opera. Mozart’s dazzling Violin Concerto No. 3 is breezy and full of melody – arguably his most popular. His Symphony No. 29 in A major is stylish but restrained, with a mighty finale which features dazzling scales in the violins, and repeated horn calls. In between, Krenek’s highly emotive Symphonic Elegy stands at the zenith of his compositions.