Emanuel Ax. Photo: Nadja Sjöström
Ryan Bancroft. Photo: Yanan Li
Members from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Photo: Yanan Li
Mozart Jupiter Symphony
To the max with Hillborg. A new piano concerto and music by Mozart and Stravinsky.
Wednesday 10 January 2024 19.00Ends approximately 21.00
A new piano concerto by Anders Hillborg! The Max Concerto is written for and dedicated to the outstanding American pianist Emanuel Ax – known among friends as “Manny Ax,” resulting in the title Max. Ax gave the world performance of Hillborg’s second piano concerto in November with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen. This is the European premiere, led by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s chief conductor Ryan Bancroft.
From piano to winds. Note the plural form of Stravinsky’s “symphonies” of wind instruments: this is not about symphonic music, but harmonic sounds – from the Greek symphonia, union of sound. What began as a piano piece in memory of Debussy became an original work for woodwinds and brass, with a kind of ritualistic, mass-like character.
During a hectic summer three years before his death, Mozart composed his last three symphonies. The forty-first symphony, his most grandiose, was also his last. The finale is one of Mozart’s greatest achievements – an unparalleled listening adventure, filled with captivating melodies and finesses of counterpoint. The symphony is called Jupiter, after the Roman god.
The musicApproximate times
Anders Hillborg Piano Concerto No. 2 – The MAX Concerto21 min
Igor Stravinsky Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Original Version (1920)12 min
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter"27 min
- Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
- Ryan Bancroft conductor
- Emanuel Ax piano