The pre-concert talks prior to Philharmonic concerts are always a great place to learn about the program. Saturday evening’s concert offered Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3. Lecturer Fred Plotkin organized his talk around two threads that run through both works – lesser-known and Vienna. I would have never known or understoon the connection between the two pieces had I not attended the lecture.
The soloist on the Mozart was pianist and audience favorite, Emmanuel Ax. While the Bruckner is not a solo piece, the brass section, particular principal horn Philip Myers had plenty of work for the second half.