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Video on demand: Mozart for two pianos

Orchestre de la Suisse RomandeRecorded at Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland
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On demand until Wednesday 31 August 2022 23:59

Composed by Mozart in 1779 to be played by himself and his sister, the performance of the Concerto for Two Pianos in E flat major will bring together two of the world's piano stars in a much-anticipated duet.

In this playful score, the two soloists have equal parts, which demand great virtuosity. The orchestral treatment is influenced by what Mozart heard in Mannheim and Paris, and the work is brilliant and well written. Its rarity in concert performances is due to the presence of two soloists that must be considered, and the provision of a second concert piano.

This First Symphony, the so-called ̍'Titan', is not a trial run for Gustav Mahler, as he enters the rather closed world of the great symphonists. His whole world is here: the colour of his childhood spent in Bohemia, the reminiscence of popular songs (Frère Jacques), military parades, the sounds of nature, the irony and the roar of the world in an exceptional fanfare. The subtitle 'Titan' comes from the novel written in 1803 by Jean-Paul Richter in which a young hero sets out to find himself.

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