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“Mozart was the Shakespeare of music; and as long as the immortal
bard is read, Mozart will live in the admiration of mankind. He has
reached the passions through the ear as Shakespeare did through
the mind, and no works will live that do not touch the passions and
the heart—they are the same in all ages, and will make Shakespeare
and Mozart a poet and a composer for all time.”
–The New-York Mirror
, 1830
june 5, 6, 7
Christopher Warren-Green
, conductor
Christopher Warren-Green is respected throughout the
music-making world for his sensitive interpretations of
repertoire ranging from Baroque to modern. These concerts
mark his debut on the Minnesota Orchestra’s subscription
series; he previously led holiday season performances of
in 2002, 2006 and 2008.
He is music director of the London Chamber
Orchestra and Charlotte Symphony Orchestra; he previously
led the Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Camerata in Athens and
Jönköpings Sinfonietta in Sweden.
Recent, upcoming:
His engagements in 2013-14 include
performances with the Toronto Symphony, Detroit Symphony,
Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Philharmonia Orchestra and
KBS Symphony Orchestra. He also recently led the premiere
of Frank Corcoran’s Violin Concerto with the RTÉ National
Symphony Orchestra of Dublin.
Of interest:
He has conducted at many events for British
royalty, including the 2011 wedding of Prince William
and Catherine Middleton and the 80th birthday of Queen
Elizabeth II.
one-minute note
Mozart: Symphonies No. 39, 40 and 41
The very perfection of Mozart’s last three symphonies,
No. 39 in E-flat, the great G-minor and the
is miraculous, and the more so given how quickly
they were composed, all in the summer of 1788.
No less impressive is their diversity, and the clarity
with which, in three quite different directions, they
define the possibilities of Mozart’s art. Eric Blom puts
it thus: “It is as though the same man had written
Twelfth Night
, Racine’s
within whatever period may be
equivalent for the rapid execution of three plays as
compared to three symphonies.”
Michael Steinberg
Excerpted, as are program notes, from the late musicologist’s
The Symphony: A Listener’s Guide
Oxford University
Press, 1995), used with permission.
Photo: Benjamin Ealovega
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