Vienna to Prague
Saturday 12 October 2013 - 7.30pm
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
MOZART Piano Concerto No 23 in A K488
MOZART Symphony 38 ‘Prague’
Alexander Janiczek Director/Violin
Llŷr Williams Piano
In 1786, when Mozart was writing his Symphony No 38, he was neglected, even scorned in Vienna. Yet he found a more appreciative and understanding audience in Prague, a mere 200 miles away – so much so that he dedicated the symphony to “the good people of Prague”. Llŷr Williams draws the two cities together with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 23, written in Vienna shortly before Mozart left for Prague, and Janáček’s Concertino, written in Prague shortly after his opera The Cunning Little Vixen. The Concertino is a well-crafted work that depicts scenes of nature and features the young Janáček interacting with talking woodland creatures including a ‘grumpy hedgehog’ and a ‘fidgety squirrel’.