6 Apr 2018

MOZART: Concerto in E flat for two pianos K365

From Music Alive, 7:30 pm on 6 April 2018
The Naughton Sisters

The Naughton Sisters Photo: Supplied

As children, Mozart and his sister Nannerl were taken around Europe as a duo of precocious musical prodigies.

While the autograph score of this Concerto for Two Pianos K365 is undated, it seems most likely Mozart composed it in early 1779, on his return home to Salzburg after a prolonged tour to Mannheim and Paris.

He probably intended to perform the Concerto a due Cembali, as he called it, with Nannerl. The concerto stands out among other examples of double keyboard concertos from the late eighteenth century for equally balancing the virtuosity of the solo piano parts. Nannerl mentioned playing the concerto with Mozart in her diary on 3 September 1780. The work was well-received in Salzburg and before long, Mozart was introducing it to audiences in Vienna.

The soloists here are also siblings, born in Princeton, New Jersey and they have impressed audiences throughout the world with the exceptional unity of their playing. Edo de Waart says, "I have known Christina and Michelle since they were music students before going to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. After Curtis they finished their studies at the Julliard School in New York. I have since had the pleasure of working with the Naughtons several times. It brings me great joy to be with them again because they will perform one of the greatest works written for two pianos." -

Christina & Michelle Naughton with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edo de Waart

Recorded 6 April 2018, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ Concert.

Producer: David Mccaw

Engineer: Graham Kennedy