Thanks to the PSO for this wonderful slideshow after a wonderful performance with Shai on Sunday!
Random Thought About Music #347
Dear good people of the earth,
The work week has just started and if you are in NY the weather is miserable so here is something to, hopefully, cheer you up.
Do you remember the scene near the end of Mozart's The Marriage Of Figaro in which the Count asks the Countess for forgiveness for all his attempted shenanigans and she indeed forgives him? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2yrDWEoCpc)
"Countess, forgive me" he says repeatedly in Da Ponte's libretto and she replies that since she is more 'docile' than he is (and also more capable of forgiveness after he had refused to forgive his servants for setting him up) she can't help but say yes ("piu docile io sono, e dico di si").
But here's the thing...
In the libretto that's all there is to it. But if you pay attention, things are much more complicated. Mozart leaves the Count's musical phrase (as opposed to his actual words) unfinished, hanging in the air over 3 (!) fermatas, or full-stops. Then, he has the Countess pick up where her husband had left off, even using more or less the same rhythms but this time rounds off the musical phrase. In other words, while they each say something else in the dialogue, MUSICALLY speaking, she completes his sentence. The subtext, according to Herr Mozart, is that while she may say she is just being docile in forgiving her profoundly irritating husband the truth is that somewhere, she still loves him. And that the true source of forgiveness isn't docility but love. After all, what better sign is there for love than a couple that complete each other's sentences?
VIDEO: Shai (despite fighting a cold!) looks ahead to his #Mozart performance tomorrow with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rossen Milanov.
Don't miss Shai live with Classic Ross Amico on WWFM - The Classical Network this afternoon at 4pm ET! He'll be on the air to talk about his Mozart concerto performance Sunday with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rossen Milanov. Stream live via http://wwfm.org/#stream/0 and scroll below for more info/links about the concert.
"[Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12 is] one in a string of concerto masterpieces that would cement his place in music history," said Shai to Central Jersey in advance of his Princeton Symphony performance on Sunday. "It is rather intimate, written for a small orchestra of mostly strings and in fact Mozart himself allowed for it to be performed also as a chamber piece for piano and string quartet. So it is, in a sense, a combination of the brilliance of dialogue that is typical of Mozart's concertos with tenderness and introspection of a more chamber work.” centraljersey.com
Shai is back from Japan and looking forward to performing #Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12, K. 414 with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rossen Milanov, a week from today! For a hint of Shai's dazzling way with the Mozart concertos, hear him on YouTube in the Presto from the "Jeunehomme" concerto, performed with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia: https://youtu.be/iwGTuDb-1zo!
A spooky reminder for Shai's next U.S. concert (http://bit.ly/WosnerPrinceton), courtesy of Gilberto at the Princeton Symphony Orchestra!
Shai just performed the last of his chamber programs with violinist Veronika Eberle in Japan. Frequent collaborators, they also performed together over the summer at Beethovenfest Bonn, where they spoke on camera about the programming: https://youtu.be/_CB9YYmvCBs?t=1m55s. Shai's Japan tour concludes on Friday with a solo recital of Schubert sonatas.