About this Performance
So imposing is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s stature that the adjective “Mozartean” describes the style and zeitgeist of an entire era. His very name has become synonymous with the world of classical music (e.g. Mozart in the Jungle). Richard Wagner, not often given to compliments, said that “the most tremendous genius raised Mozart above all masters, in all centuries and in all the arts.” But there were of course many other talented and significant composers active during Mozart’s lifetime: Joseph Haydn, C.P.E. Bach, Baldassare Galuppi, and Domenico Cimarosa, to name only a few. Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson believes that looking more closely at the music of these contemporaries can help us more fully understand and appreciate Mozart’s genius. What is it that he does better? What sets his music apart? Is it his ability to convey emotion? The ambiguity of feeling? His weird sense of humor? His own legendary skill as a pianist, which made him a European rock star? Tonight’s recital program encourages us to ponder these questions and examine both the roots of Mozart’s style and his influence. —Harlow Robinson
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