PKF - LOBKOWICZ series: Mozart. Moussa

Tuesday April 25, 2023, 19:00

The seventh year of the PKF — LOBKOWICZ Donor Series will sparkle with a virtuosity and will present the greatest talents from the contemporary world music scene again. We are inviting you to the intimate and special ambience of the Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle which enables the PKF — Prague Philharmonia to share its artistic enthusiasm and vision with those who are fascinated by the never-ending stories of the art. In 2023 you will be able to enjoy four evenings in an unrepeatable atmosphere, surrounded by the unique Lobkowicz collections, during which we will recount some fascinating stories about the search for beauty and harmony in the art and in the whole society. We will lead you straight to the heart of the PKF — Prague Philharmonia orchestra. 

Andrew von Oeyen— piano, conductor


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat Major KV 449

Samy Moussa
Orfeus for Piano and Chamber Orchestra (Czech premiere)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor KV 466

Evening Programme:
18.00    Welcome drink and tour of the exhibition 
18.30    Stories from the Arts: Love and Intrigues — The Viennese Theatre Life and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Eleonore Kinsky, musicologist of the Lobkowicz Collections
19.00    Concert by the PKF – Prague Philharmonia and soloists in the Imperial Hall 
19.15    Meeting the artists with refreshments provided by the head chef of the Lobkowicz Palace 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's piano concertos are a showcase of this genre and piano compositions in general. Mozart, himself a piano virtuoso, understood keyboard instruments perfectly, and was therefore able to fully utilize the potential of the piano’s predecessors — such as the harpsichord and fortepiano.

The Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in E flat major No. 14 is considered Mozart's first mature concerto. The work, full of classical elegance, was dedicated by the composer to his student, Miss Ployer. Only one year later, in 1785, he composed perhaps his most famous piano concerto — Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 20 in D minor.

Although the creation of the two concertos is separated by just one year, the change in the composer's style is truly striking: in the dark Concerto in D minor the pure Viennese Classicism alternates with the anticipations of the upcoming more emotional Romanticism.

Two compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be complemented by the work of the young Canadian conductor and composer, Samy Moussa, a successful artist whose works have been performed by the Vienna Philharmonic, as well as by the legendary contemporary music ensemble, Ensemble intercontemporain.