Gil Shaham

Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham, violinist

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade for strings No.13 in G major "Eine kleine Nachtmusik", Symphony No.35 in D major "Haffner", Overture to Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Symphony No.36 in C major "Linz" – Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin – Friday, February 3, 2017, 05:45 PM EET – Live on Livestream

Experience the magnificence of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in our three-week Winter Music Festival dedicated to the imagination, virtuosity, and influence of classical music's most prolific composer!
— Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Mozart Festival | Concert 5 of 6: Eine kleine Nachtmusik

Detroit: Friday, February 3, 2017, 10:45 AM (EST, GMT-5)

Los Angeles: 07:45 AM
New York: 10:45 AM
Kiev: 05:45 PM
Berlin: 04:45 PM
Paris: 04:45 PM
Bucharest: 05:45 PM
Madrid: 04:45 PM
Ottawa: 10:45 ΑM
Rome: 04:45 PM
London: 03:45 PM

Prior to the #MozartFest: Eine kleine Nachtmusik webcast, Kathryn Libin will speak about Mozart Occasions and Commissions. (09:45 AM, EST, GMT-5)

Υπό τη διεύθυνση του διάσημου Αμερικανού μαέστρου Λέοναρντ Σλάτκιν, η Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα του Ντιτρόιτ παρουσιάζει τη Σερενάτα για έγχορδα αρ. 13 σε Σολ μείζονα, γνωστή ως «Μικρή νυχτερινή μουσική», K.525, τη Συμφωνία αρ. 35 σε Ρε μείζονα, K.385, την Εισαγωγή από την όπερα «Απαγωγή από το Σεράι», K.384, και τη Συμφωνία αρ. 36 σε Ντο μείζονα, K.425, του Βόλφγκανγκ Αμαντέους Μότσαρτ.

Η συναυλία, διάρκειας δύο ωρών, θα πραγματοποιηθεί στο πλαίσιο του Φεστιβάλ Μότσαρτ (#MozartFest), στην αίθουσα συναυλιών Orchestra Hall στο Max M. Fisher Music Center στο Ντιτρόιτ των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών, την Παρασκευή 3 Φεβρουαρίου 2017, στις  05:45 μμ (ώρα Ντιτρόιτ: 10:45 πμ), και θα μεταδοθεί ζωντανά από το Livestream.

Μία ώρα πριν τη συναυλία, παρακολουθήστε τη διάλεξη της Kathryn Libin, «Mozart Occasions and Commissions».

Mozart Occasions and Commissions

Learn more about the life and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart during these preconcert lectures by Mozart Festival Scholar-in-Residence Kathryn Libin.

Friday, February 3, 2017, 04:45 PM (EET, UTC+02:00)


Concert 5 of 6

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

♪ Serenade for strings No.13 in G major "Eine kleine Nachtmusik", K.525 (1787)

i. Allegro
ii. Romanze: Andante
iii. Menuetto: Allegretto
iv. Rondo: Allegro

♪ Symphony No.35 in D major "Haffner", K.385 (1782)

i. Allegro con spirito
ii. Andante
iii. Menuetto
iv. Presto

♪ Overture to Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K.384 (1781-1782)

♪ Symphony No.36 in C major "Linz", K.425 (1783)

i. Adagio – Allegro spiritoso
ii. Andante con moto
iii. Menuetto
iv. Presto

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin

(HD 720p)

Live from Orchestra Hall, Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit

Friday, February 3, 2017, 05:45 PM (EET, UTC+02:00)
[Detroit: 10:45 AM (EST, GMT-5)]

Live on Livestream

Leonard Slatkin conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

The Serenade for strings No.13 in G major, K.525, is a 1787 composition for chamber ensemble by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The title means "a little serenade", though it is often rendered more literally but less accurately as A little night music (which has become a common nickname for the piece). There are no records of its first performance, but it is suggested that – as with his other serenades – Mozart wrote it on comission. The traditionally used name of the work comes from the entry Mozart made for it in his personal catalog, which begins, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik". It has been pointed out that Mozart was not giving the piece a special title, but only entering in his records that he had completed a little serenade. The work is written for an ensemble of two violins, viola, and cello with optional double bass, but is often performed by string orchestras. In the catalog entry mentioned above, Mozart listed the work as having five movements  The second movement in his listing, a minuet and trio, was long thought lost and no one knows if it was Mozart or someone else who removed it.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his Symphony No.35 in D major, K.385, in 1782, by request of the Haffners, an important Salzburg family. The piece is therefore called Haffner Symphony by many, though it should not be confused with the eight-movement Haffner Serenade, another piece comissioned to Mozart by the same family. To make matters more complex, the Symphony was actually born as a serenade, which Mozart modified in instrumentation and form. The Symphony is scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in A, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in D and G, 2 trumpets in D, timpani, and strings. A standard rendition of the Haffner Symphony usually takes aroun 20 minutes.

Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The abduction from the Seraglio) was Mozart's first Vienna success. It was a singspiel in which sung recitatives are replaced by spoken dialog similar to modern Broadway plays. It was this opera that the Emperor allegedly made the comment "Too many notes" to which the self assured Mozart replied "Not one too many". The story is about a Spanish nobleman Belmonte trying to rescue his lover Constanze and servants who were kidnapped by Turkish pirates. He finds himself at the palace of the Pasha Selim where he encounters one of his servants who are now in the service of the Pasha. With his help he infiltrates the Seraglio – which is variously translated as Palace or Harem – to liberate Constanze. They are caught and the opera ends with the Pasha granting them their freedom. At that time there was an interest in the music of the "Near East" manifested in the uses of "unusual" percussion instruments in Haydn's Military Symphony and Beethoven's Turkish March. In a manner similar to the later Magic Flute overture, this overture opens quietly amid a bustling undercurrent which is then interrupted by brash passages which are quite similar to the music played by the Jannisary (Turkish military band) that announces the entrance of the Pasha in the first act.

The Symphony No.36 in C major, K.425, known as the Linz Symphony, was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart during a stopover in the Austrian town of Linz on his and his wife's way back home to Vienna from Salzburg in late 1783. The entire Symphony was written in four days to accommodate the local count's announcement, upon hearing of the Mozarts' arrival in Linz, of a concert. The slow movement has a siciliano character and meter which was rare in Mozart's earlier symphonies (only used in one of the slow movements of the "Paris") but would appear frequently in later works such as the Symphonies Nos. 38 and 40. The autograph score is not preserved. The work is scored for 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani and strings.

Photo by Nico Rodamel

Internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin is Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL). He also maintains a rigorous schedule of guest conducting throughout the world and is active as a composer, author, and educator.

Highlights of the 2015-2016 season included a three-week Brahms festival in Detroit; engagements with the St Louis Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony in Tokyo; and debuts with Beijing's China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Summer events included a tour of Japan with the ONL and performances of Barber's Vanessa in Santa Fe.

During the 2016-2017 season – in addition to his regular duties in Detroit and Lyon – he will return to St Louis; tour the U.S. and Europe with the ONL; conduct overseas with the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne, Verdi Orchestra in Milan, and San Carlo Theatre Orchestra in Naples; and serve as chairman of the jury and conductor of the 2017 Cliburn Competition.

Slatkin's more than 100 recordings have garnered seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations. His recent Naxos recordings include works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Berlioz (with the ONL) and music by Copland, Rachmaninov, Borzova, McTee, and John Williams (with the DSO). In addition, he has recorded the complete Brahms, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky symphonies with the DSO (available online as digital downloads).

A recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, Slatkin also holds the rank of Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor. He has received Austria's Decoration of Honor in Silver, the League of American Orchestras' Gold Baton Award, and the 2013 ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award for his book, Conducting Business.

Slatkin has held posts as Music Director of the New Orleans, St Louis, and National symphony orchestras, and he was Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has served as Principal Guest Conductor of London's Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Minnesota Orchestra.

He has conducted virtually all of the leading orchestras in the world, including: New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, all five London orchestras, Berlin Philharmonic, Munich's Bayerischer Rundfunk, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Slatkin's opera conducting has taken him to the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Opera Theater of St Louis, Santa Fe Opera, Vienna State Opera, Stuttgart Opera, and Opéra Bastille in Paris.

Born in Los Angeles to a distinguished musical family, he began his musical training on the violin and first studied conducting with his father, followed by Walter Susskind at Aspen and Jean Morel at Juilliard. He makes his permanent home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, with his wife, composer Cindy McTee.


Photo by Cindy McTee

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