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Karel Ancerl “Overture Husitska” (“Hussite” Overture) by Antonin Dvorak (another divine composition)

Concert Overture Husitska op 67
by Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Karel Ancerl, conductor
Prague 1961

Barenboim & Lupu live in Prague 2011: Mozart – Concerto No. 10 for two pianos –

Barenboim & Lupu live in Prague 2011: Mozart – Concerto No. 10 in E-flat major for two pianos, K. 365 – 1st movement. Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Lawrence Foster. Dvorak Hall of Rudolfinum, Prague, October 23rd 2011.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Concerto No. 10 in E-flat major for Two Pianos, K. 365/316a, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was written in 1779. Mozart wrote it to play with his sister Maria Anna (“Nannerl”). He was 23 years old and on the verge of leaving Salzburg for Vienna.

The concerto is scored for the two pianos together with two oboes, two bassoons; two horns; and strings. The piece is in three movements:

  1. Allegro common time
  2. Andante B-flat major 3/4
  3. Rondo: Allegro 2/4

The concerto departs from the usual solo piano concerto with the dialogue between the two pianos as they exchange musical ideas. Mozart divides up the more striking passages quite evenly between the two pianos. Also, the orchestra is rather more quiet than in Mozart’s other piano concertos, leaving much of the music to the soloists.

The first movement is lyrical and “wonderfully spacious, as if Mozart is thoroughly enjoying himself and letting his ideas flow freely,” as Ledbetter has noted.[1] The middle movement is slow and refined; the orchestra stays in the background behind the pair of playful pianists. The finale is a rondo filled with rhythmic drive and, after passages of lyrical grace, there is an exuberant return to the main rondo theme.