Don’t miss the much-anticipated return of the acclaimed Mozart Marathon, celebrating the composer’s birthday with a performance of the complete violin and piano sonatas. The 26 sonatas, ranging from Mozart’s earliest childhood to complete maturity, will be presented in a continuous, all-day event. Come early to get a good seat, and stay for the day!
The 2015 Mozart Marathon is the second installment in an exciting three-concert series by Victoria Martino and James Lent, exploring the development of music from the pre-classical to the romantic styles. The first concert in this series, on November 12, 2014, celebrates the 300th birthday of Gluck and C.P.E. Bach, Mozart’s musical mentors, thereby setting the stage for the marathon. Mozart owed a great musical debt to both Gluck and C.P.E. Bach. Of the latter composer, he is reported to have said: “He is the father: we are the children. Those of us who know anything at all learned it from him; anyone who does not admit this is …[Mozartian expletive!]” Mozart’s admiration of C.P.E. Bach was so great that he himself conducted a series of performances in Vienna of one of the composer’s cantatas.
Victoria Martino and James Lent performed their first Mozart Marathon at the Athenaeum on Mozart’s 250th birthday on January 27, 2006. The event was a resounding success, attracting more than 800 listeners throughout the course of the day. In January 2007 the duo was invited to repeat the marathon in Los Angeles, where the audience exceeded 4,000 visitors. In subsequent years, Martino and Lent performed marathons alternately at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Athenaeum.
Join Victoria Martino and James Lent in an inspiring and impassioned performance of Johannes Brahms’ beloved compositions for violin and piano, including the three canonical sonatas in G major, A major, and D minor, the fiery C-minor Scherzo from the "F-A-E" Sonata, and the composer’s own, rarely heard transcriptions of the two clarinet/viola sonatas in F minor and E-flat major.
This concert is the final installment in a three-concert series by Victoria Martino and James Lent, exploring the development of music from the pre-classical to the romantic styles. The first concert in this series, on November 12, 2014, celebrates the 300th birthday of Gluck and C.P.E. Bach, musical mentors of Mozart, and greatly admired by Brahms. In fact, Brahms arranged orchestral works by Gluck for the pianoforte, and was the editor of C.P.E. Bach’s keyboard compositions. Brahms engaged in a lifelong study of Mozart’s music, avidly collecting the composer’s manuscripts, and editing certain works, such as the Requiem.