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Mozart & Schubert

The First Viennese School and the Romantic period. Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in Schubert’s great C major symphony and Emanuel Ax is the soloist in Mozart’s euphoric Piano Concerto No. 17.

Emanuel Ax is the soloist in Mozart’s elegant yet vivacious Piano Concerto No. 17. One familiar anecdote is that Mozart had a tame starling that he taught to sing the theme from the final movement, which grows in the concerto into a grandiose variation movement, in which the final variation resembles a euphoric opera finale. Ax is one of the world’s foremost pianists, known for his uniquely vast repertoire and breadth of expression.

Franz Welser-Möst conducts. He is the recipient of the Eric Ericson Honorary Chair in 2018 from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and since 2020, guesting the orchestra for two weeks each season.

This time he conducts the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in Schubert’s exceptional Symphony in C Major. The first movement begins with a solo for horn – an instrument which has come to symbolise the Romantic era, and which sets the tone for the rustic nature of the region surrounding Vienna that was the source of Schubert’s strength and inspiration. He never had the opportunity to hear the symphony performed for an audience. By the time Robert Schumann discovered the piece and brought it into the light of day, Schubert had been dead for ten years.

  • The music

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No. 17
  • Encore: Frédéric Chopin Nocturne in f minor for piano op 55:1
  • Interview with Franz Welser-Möst
  • Franz Schubert Symphony No. 9 "Great"
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Franz Welser-Möst conductor
  • Emanuel Ax piano
  • Published online 21 November 2021.
  • Filmed 11 November 2021.
  • The video is approximately two hours.
  • Subtitles in English and Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.

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