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Víkingur Ólafsson

Colburn Celebrity Recital

Wed / May 10, 2023 - 8:00PM

Virtuoso Víkingur Ólafsson, who has taken the music world by storm, performs a recital of Mozart and his contemporaries.

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    • No Intermission
    • Piano Sonata No. 9 in F minor
    • I. Andante spiritoso
    • Rondo in F for piano, K. 494
    • Rondo for Keyboard in D Minor, Wq 61/4
    • Keyboard Sonata No. 42 in D minor
    • Fantasie for Piano No. 3 in D minor, K. 397
    • Rondo in D major
    • Keyboard Sonata No. 55 in A minor
    • Sonata for Piano in B minor, No. 47, Hob XVI:32
    • I. Allegro moderato
    • II. Menuetto – Trio (Minore)
    • III. Finale. Presto
    • Kleine Gigue in G major K. 574
    • Sonata for Piano No. 16 in C major, K. 545
    • I. Allegro
    • II. Andante
    • III. Rondo. Allegretto
    • String Quintet No. 4 in G minor K. 516
    • III. Adagio in E flat major
    • Piano Sonata No. 34 in C minor
    • I. Larghetto
    • Sonata for Piano No. 14 in C minor, K. 457
    • I. Molto allegro
    • II. Adagio
    • III. Allegro assai
    • Adagio for Piano in B minor, K. 540
    • Ave verum corpus K. 618

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

This concert is performed without intermission.

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