WEEKEND DATE: Mozart offering at MPO


THE Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) returns to Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP) in KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, tomorrow (8.30pm) and Sunday (3pm) with Darkness And Greatness.

Led by music director Claus Peter Flor, the MPO will first perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24. It is one of only two sets in minor keys and that makes it special. Traditionally, the use of minor keys means the music will explore the darker side of human emotions — sadness, anger and turbulence.

Its opening is unusually tense, with the presence of trumpets and timpani giving the work a distinctly jagged edge. Mozart was a fantastic composer and one of the greatest pianists of his day.

The piano concerto will be performed by Edna Stern who has presented numerous recitals at festivals in Leipzig, Lisbon, Brussels and Colmar. She has performed with Orchestre National De France, Flanders Philharmonic, Polish Radio Philharmonic and Budapest Chamber Orchestra.

To date, she has recorded seven albums. She began her music education at 6 and has studied with luminaries such as Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman and Leon Fleisher.  

The MPO will close the concerts with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, a work that has plenty of emotional variety including triumph, despair, violence, tranquility, innocence, mystery and humour.

Its greatness is a function of the totality, proving the composer’s genius.

Tickets: RM50-RM130. Call 03-2051 7007.

Edna Stern

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