A “WORLD PREMIERE” – Mozart’s Concerto for Horn and Orchestra

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Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
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Music Director Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque will open the upcoming season with a “world premiere” horn concerto, performed by the orchestra’s principal horn R. J. Kelley. Initially written by Mozart in 1781, the Concerto for Horn and Orchestra in E-flat Major was not published in its entirety until 1988, when sixty of the piece’s missing measures were finally found. Kelley has constructed a “pasticcio” version of the concerto by assembling fragments of the first movement (K370b), and the recently-discovered manuscript of the second movement (K371), linked by the slow movement from Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat Major (K495).  Kelley, one of North America’s leading natural horn proponents, is a 29-year veteran of Philharmonia Baroque.

The program also includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504 “Prague.” Mozart composed the piece in 1786 in order to thank the city that had given him endless praise for his work, particularly his production of The Marriage of Figaro.

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JOSEPH HAYDN — FRANZ BECK — WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

Two compositions by Mozart’s colleagues round out the program. Franz Beck introduced his ballet-heroïque La Mort d’Orphée at Bordeaux’s Grand Theatre in 1784; the ballet music has been lost, but the Overture survived due to its immense popularity— so much so that French impresarios sometimes substituted it for Gluck’s original overture to Orphée et Eurydice. The evening will close with a performance of Haydn’s Symphony No. 98. in B-flat major, one of his “London” symphonies composed in 1792 during Haydn’s first visit to the city. The piece includes an eleven-bar solo for fortepiano in the final movement, which Haydn is believed to have played at the symphony’s premiere. This fall, Nicholas McGegan will take on the solo passage himself.
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R. J. KELLEY

ABOUT R. J. KELLEY
One of North America’s premiere natural horn specialists, R.J. Kelley was recently hailed in the Horn Call of the International Horn Society as performing “with virtuosity, precision, and a stylistic mastery that could be matched by few, surpassed by none”.  A member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra since 1982,  R.J. is a horn player of unusually broad musical scope, equally at home as soloist (Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Classical Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica), chamber musician (Manhattan Brass, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Aspen Wind Quintet, Universal Piston), orchestral performer (New York Philharmonic, Orpheus, American Ballet Theater, Gotham Opera, Mostly Mozart), recording artist (Mozart Concerti on natural horn, Grammy-nominated Das Lied von der Erde – Mahler/Schoenberg reduction), and educator (artist faculty, Julliard School of Music; guest teacher/lecturer: Yale University; Hartt School of Music; SUNY Stony Brook; Washington University; San Jose State University).
 
He is a participant in music festivals worldwide (Edinburgh, Berkeley, Boston, and Bloomington Early Music festivals; Montreux-Detroit, Sacramento, and Mammoth Lake Jazz festivals; Mostly Mozart, Lincoln Center, Washington Square Park). With appearances on “Saturday Night Live”, the “Today Show”, “Late Night with David Letterman”, and over 70 CDs (Philharmonia Baroque, New York Philharmonic, Manhattan Brass) and films (Casanova, Snake Eyes) to his credit , R.J. has worked with commercial artists ranging from Jimmy Page and Puff Daddy, to Johnny Mathis, Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Killers, Chuck Mangione, and CeeLo Green. A Detroit native and founding member/past president of the Detroit Waldhorn Society, he has resided in the New York City area since 1989.

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Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

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Seán Martinfield
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