Part of SA2 Saturday Evening 2
Georg Friedrich Haas: concerto grosso No. 1 for 4 alphorns and orchestra (U.S. premiere, LA Phil co-commission with generous support from Janis McEldowney) (except Fri) (c. 30 minutes) Haas: concerto grosso No. 1 for 4 alphorns and orchestra Program Notes
About This Performance
The Chicago Tribune on Stephen Kovacevich: “Control that sounded effortless brought some of the fastest, clearest and most delicate playing. Power was held in reserve. When steam did build up and got discharged ... the effect was of tremendous energy flung, like fireballs by a catapult.”
Born in San Pedro, California, Stephen Kovacevich moved to London when he was 18 to study and has remained a part of that city’s music scene ever since. One of the most revered musicians of his generation, the legendary pianist has won unsurpassed admiration as a searching interpreter of the core classical repertoire.
For this program, Kovacevich performs one of Mozart’s greatest piano concertos, the expansive C-minor, in collaboration with our dynamic Associate Conductor, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, who has been named Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She rounds off this concert with the color and humor of Haydn’s 31st Symphony, aptly named “Horn Signal” for the prominent horn calls Haydn featured in it.
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For Saturday and Sunday performances: In between Mozart and Haydn comes Haas’ 2014 Concerto Grosso, in which the modernist composer removes Alpine horns from their folklorist milieu and instead uses their pure overtone scales to create new tunings that are revealed in complex drones, pulsing chords and great washes of sound as soloists are combined with, and pitted against, the orchestra.