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  •  Traditionally the concerto form had a soft and (3+ / 0-)
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    slow second movement, these could be quite lovely, I think one of my favorites was Mozart's 20th Piano concerto, K.466, which quite properly was chosen for the closing credits of Amadeus (a movie which I saw at least 3 times in theaters when it came out!).  Here the wonderful Ivan Klánský as soloist, from 1990.  Just watching his face and gestures is a show in itself.

    Truly there could be nothing more elegant or civilized as the opening theme, but Mozart doesn't let it rest there, he then breaks into open emotionalism, and lets the music run loose before returning to the opening theme.

    It may be the the concerto was a better vehicle for conveying the contemplative mood, this of course is strict a matter of taste.  The classic Bruch 1st Violin concerto, here played by Silvia Marcovici may be the best example of this.

    This was such a bewitchingly beautiful piece that the first time I heard this on the radio I called up the station to find out what they were playing.  (This was pre-internet).

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 07:52:36 PM PST

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