Mozart and More
Naples Philharmonic Masterworks
Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Uri Caine, piano and Fender Rhodes piano
Mozart — Piano Concerto No. 6
Uri Caine — Sunburst
Poulenc — Les biches Suite
Mozart — Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”
Surely Mozart’s final symphony, No. 41, was one of the finest of his illustrious career, ending a six-week writing span during he composed his final three symphonies. Known to many as Jupiter, the masterful symphony provides the culmination to an exciting program for the Naples Philharmonic’s third Masterworks performance. It’s a daring composition comprised of myriad musical ideas that seem span from the sonata form to Baroque fugues, often in the same movement. The triumphant final melody is one of Mozart’s most recognizable pieces of music. Michael Steinberg aptly called it "one of the most splendid manifestations of … the Classical style." Surely, it’s an immortal work worthy of godly nickname.
In an unusual twist, , soloist Uri Caine performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 6 with his Fender Rhodes piano, rather than the classic Steinway. The Fender Rhodes is an electric piano popular among rock and jazz musicians of the 1970s. Uri will also debut his new work, Sunburst, commissioned by the Naples Philharmonic for this performance.
The concert also includes one of the more famous pieces of classical dance music from the 20th century in Poulenc’s Les biches Suite. Originally commissioned for a ballet of the same name in 1924, the composer continued working on the piece on and off for another 20 years, creating this orchestral gem.
Uri Caine moves easily between the worlds of classical and jazz piano, having performed and record each separately. He’s also brought the two worlds together for jazz-infused versions of the classical cannon. His Grammy-nominated 2009 release, The Othello Syndrome, reimagined Verdi’s opera Otello as a modern piece featuring a soul singer. He has reworked pieces from Mahler, Beethoven, Bach and more. He has experimented with klezmer, worked with Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of the Philadelphia hip-hop band The Roots and avant-garde composer John Zorn.
Uri is also a much sought-after composer. He will debut a new work, Sunburst, with the Naples Philharmonic. He is also playing two performances with the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra.
Music Director: Naples Philharmonic
Music Director: Orchestre National de Belgique
Principal Guest Conductor: Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi
Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko is one of the most exciting and dynamic conductors to emerge from Eastern Europe in recent years. In addition to his post as Music Director of Orchestre National de Belgique, he begins his tenure as Music Director of the Naples Philharmonic this season.
In addition to his work with in Naples, highlights of the current season include appearances with Orchestre National de France, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln.
In Europe, Boreyko has conducted orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Wiener Symphoniker, Filharmonica della Scala, Royal Concertgebouw, Orchestre de Paris, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, London Symphony, Philharmonia and Rotterdam Philharmonic.
Equally in demand in North America, he has worked with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras; and Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and Montreal Symphony orchestras.