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Méhul, Mozart and Beethoven -Robert Kirzinger and Richard Dyer, narrated by Eleanor McGourty

Méhul, Mozart and Beethoven -Robert Kirzinger and Richard Dyer, narrated by Eleanor McGourty

Two cornerstones of the repertoire anchor this program. The young English pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is soloist in one of Mozart's most familiar concertos, No. 21 in C, an elegant, good-natured work written and premiered in Vienna in spring 1785. Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 is the concerto's polar opposite in mood,a stormy struggle against destiny with a well-earned victory at the close. Opening the program is a rarity: the overture to the 1811 opera The Amazons by the highly successful and prolific opera composer Étienne Méhul, a contemporary of Mozart and Beethoven.

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