These concerts are the last chance to hear Daniel Barenboim conduct Mozart from the piano, something that he really does do better than just about anyone else, this opportunity serving as a sobering reminder of how much we all have learned to take areas of Barenboim’s expertise for granted while he was here. Barenboim has recorded the complete Mozart Piano Concertos twice, once with the English Chamber Musicians and a more recent set with the Berlin Philharmonic, but he is most as home performing these with the CSO, many members of which he has picked himself during his fifteen-year music directorship here. These concerts include two of the best and most popular, No. 22, K. 482 and the last, No. 27, K. 595. Vienna had a far different musical landscape by the time Anton Webern came along in the first part of the twentieth century, composing intricately detailed miniature works in the 12-tone method of his teacher Arnold Schoenberg—epitomized by his masterworks, the Symphony, Op. 21 and Concerto, Op. 24, heard at these concerts—until he was accidentally gunned down by an American soldier while out for a walk past curfew at the end of World War II. (Dennis Polkow)
June 8 at Orchestra Hall.