French Master Shows Romantic Side With Mozart Gem

May 16, 2013

Two works share the San Antonio Symphony program this weekend with conductor Sebastian Lang Lessing: Shostakovich's Symphony No.8 and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 with soloist Michel Dalberto.

Audiences won't expect the romantic sounds of Ferruccio Busoni when they hear  the Mozart - but the Italian master wrote cadenzas (solo passages within the concerto) that Dalberto will play. 

"He [Busoni] was not only one of the great Italian pianists, but composers," says Michel. "These cadenzas are refreshing."

The introduction of the Shostakovich is also very rich and romantic - and the World War II work explores lots of colors and emtions throughout its five movements.

You might enjoy this scene from the movie Amadeus, where the Piano Concerto #22 is used to nice effect: