Six German Dances K571
Symphony No. 36 in C major, K425 'Linz'
Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K482
Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K477
Alexander Lonquich (piano, direction)
Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg
It is rare to find a soloist doubling as a conductor in Salzburg, but when it happens, it is undoubtedly a delightful prospect for the Festival audience. This was a risk that Alexander Lonquich took with the Mozarteum Orchestra in 2009. His Mozart Matinee began with the 'Six German Dances' K 571 and revealed Lonquich and the orchestra as knowledgeable champions of a rhythmically alert and dynamically varied Mozart style. Their ability to breathe new life into the music also benefitted the 'Linz' Symphony in C major K 425, while the 'Masonic Funeral Music' in C minor K 477 proved to be a moment of intense stasis in the concert, which was brought to a brilliant end with the Piano Concerto in E flat major K
482, conducted by Lonquich from the keyboard.