F. SCHUBERT: Overture in the Italian Style, D. 591
W.A. MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 21, KV 467
F. MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4, Op. 90 ‘Italian’
Javier Perianes, piano
Franz Schubert Filharmonia
Tomàs Grau, conductor
At age 21, Mendelssohn spent a season in Rome. Italy inspired him to compose, but as he himself said: “I have not found music in art itself, but in ruins, landscapes and the joy of nature.” The Italian Symphony had a successful premiere, largely due to the grace and beauty of the first movement, the sweet ballad of the second and the Neapolitan tarantella that closes the work.
Schubert, on the other hand, never travelled to Italy, but it was enough for him to stay in Vienna to capture the “Italian style”: firstly thanks to his teacher (Salieri) and later thanks to the fashionable operas (Rossini). This “Italian-style overture”, fresh, agile and direct, is ideal for understanding why Italian music was so influential in Europe.
Piano Concerto No. 21 ranks high on the list of works by Mozart. It was written in a few days and the same composer premiered it by playing part of it from memory since he had not had time to copy the score. The second movement is very famous and the French composer Olivier Messiaen considered it: “One of the most beautiful of Mozart’s melodies and perhaps even one of the most beautiful in all music.”
Biography Javier Perianes
His international career has led him to perform in the most prestigious concert halls in the world with the principal orchestras, collaborating with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Dudamel, Yuri Temirkanov, Gianandrea Noseda, Vladimir Jurowski , Gustavo Gimeno, Simone Young, Juanjo Mena and Klaus Mäkelä, and performing at the BBC Proms, Lucerna, La Roque d’Anthéron, Primavera de Praga, Granada, Vail, Blossom and Ravinia. Javier Perianes won the 2012 National Music Award and 2019 ICMA Artist of the Year.
The 2020-21 season includes debuts with the London Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Zürich, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale de Santa Cecilia, Aurora Orchestra, Nederlands Philharmonic and NHK Symphony Orchestra, as well as his return to the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Nacional de Lille, Aalborg Symfoniorkester and the National Orchestra of Spain.
Perianes is an exclusive artist with the Harmonia Mundi label, his latest record releases include Ravel’s Concerto in G with the Paris Orchestra and Josep Pons along with the Tombeau de Couperin and the Alborada del Gracioso; and Cantilena, an album with violist Tabea Zimmermann that includes a selection of Spanish and Latin American works.