The E-flat Quintet is a unique marvel. “I myself consider it to be the best work I have ever composed,” Mozart told his father after its well-received premiere in 1784. The unusual instrumentation gives the piece a kaleidoscopic, constantly shifting aural surface, as Mozart worked hard to keep the four winds balanced in sound and presence, with the piano as a common background.
In keeping with the spirit of The Marriage of Figaro and the Mozart/Da Ponte Trilogy, the final chamber music program features nothing but music by Salzburg’s favorite son.
At age 49 Brahms was so depressed that he told his publisher to expect nothing more. That summer, however, he wrote his Third Symphony, a work of characteristic conflict and resolution that ends with an utterly personal vision of bittersweet resignation and twilight serenity.
One of Spain’s most distinguished conductors, who scored a hit in his LA Phil debut at the Hollywood Bowl.