Mozart in Frankfurt (with Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K. 459) | Mozart on Tour - Ep. 11


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Documentary about Mozart in Frankfurt, "Mozart and the Coronation" followed by the perfomance at the Sophiensaal, Munich (1991)

Radu Lupu - soloist
David Zinman - conductor
Kammerphilharmonie, German Chamber Philarmonic Orchestra

Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K. 459
28:24 Allegro
41:10 Allegretto
48:14 Allegro assai

When Austria's Emperor Leopold II went to the Congress City of Frankfurt to be crowned Holy Roman Emperor, Mozart went along for the ride, hoping to be honored with a commission for a coronation work, or better yet, an imperial appointment. The results were disastrous. His arch-rival Salieri received the commission for the coronation opera, a commission which must have been doubly galling for Mozart because the libretto was an adaptation by Lorenzo da Ponte, of a play by Beaumarchais, two men who had figured so importantly in his own operatic development.
After being frustrated at just about every turn, Mozart was finally asked to write and perform a piano concerto for a concert on the fringe of the coronation ceremonies, a work which is no less regal for being virtually ignored at the time of its creation.

Residence Palace in Munich, the city where it received one of its major initial hearings, in a reading by pianist Radu Lupu and the German Chamber Philarmonic Orchestra under David Zinman.

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