Concert Introduction Listened at 19.00 Maria João Pires, soloist Trevor Pinnock, conductor Maurice Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin, Suite d'Orchestre Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 23 in A major Charles Gounod Symphony No. 2 in E-flat major The form is nothing but a body - it needs the animating soul. And all the souls of the first subscription concert are related to each other! Only a few selected concerts are still given by Maria João Pires, the great concentrator among pianists (the eccentric was never her thing). So it is all the nicer that she comes to Basel with two of the many souls that dwell in her breast: Mozart, her favorite composer, whose music she plays with such inimitable vividness and profundity as hardly anyone else. And Trevor Pinnock, the pioneer of historical performance practice, with whom she shares a long-standing friendship and fruitful artistic partnership. In addition to Mozart, Pinnock then engages with two French masters, both inspired by musical past. In his quasi-unknown 2nd Symphony, the gifted melodic inventor Charles Gounod recalls Beethoven. And Maurice Ravel reaches even further back into history. In a magnificent fit of neo-classicism, he recalls an old Baroque tradition and dedicates a Tombeau, a musical monument, to the late musical grandmaster Francois Couperin. Ironic and sweeping, cleverly orchestrated and harmonized, a forgotten world shines forth.
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