Michael Tilson Thomas returns to conduct Tchaikovsy’s “Pathétique” Symphony.
Ton Koopman - Conductor and Harpsichord
Tini Mathot - Harpsichord
Jeffrey Khaner - Flute
J.S. Bach - Orchestral Suite No. 3
C.P.E. Bach - Concerto for Two Harpsichords in F major
Mozart - Flute Concerto No. 1
Haydn - Symphony No. 83 ("The Hen")
Bach's Third Orchestral Suite contains one of the most often-played pieces of music (the second movement "Air on the G String") but the rest of the Suite is beautiful, quintessential J.S. Bach as well. Early music specialist Ton Koopman conducts and solos at the keyboard, joined by his wife, Tini Mathot, in C.P.E. Bach's Concerto for Two Harpsichords in F major. The spotlight shines on Principal Flute Jeffrey Khaner, playing Mozart's cheerful and majestic Flute Concerto No. 1. "The second movement always makes me think of a very beautiful and expensive Viennese music box, where you open the lid and inside is a ballerina," says Khaner. We conclude with Mozart's great friend Haydn, whose Symphony No. 83 ("The Hen) got its nickname from a musical phrase in the first movement that reminded some listeners of a head-bobbing walking chicken! "Papa" Haydn brings our concert to a charming close.
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