|Beethoven||Coriolan Overture, Op. 62|
|Mozart||Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503|
|Mendelssohn||Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish"|
St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL
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Is this overture about Shakespeare’s Roman statesman, Coriolanus, or is it a Beethoven self-portrait? We leave it to you to decide.
1786 was a really important year for Mozart. In addition to The Marriage of Figaro and the “Prague” Symphony, Mozart completed Piano Concerti nos. 23, 24 and 25. Among his piano concertos, No. 25, in our view, ranks high up on the list for its sublime synthesis of symphonic style, solo display and operatic characterisation.
Early on, Goethe compared him to Mozart. He spoke with some authority given he watched the young Mozart playing the harpsichord in 1763. This was not a boyhood composition though. Mendelssohn composed the Scottish when he was in his early thirties, having visited Scotland a decade earlier. Some hear Scottish bagpipe tunes; others see Scotland's desolate moors and misty highlands. We think it’s a fabulous symphony and you will enjoy it, but it is probably as Scottish as Mozart's Prague Symphony is Bohemian.