The Kids Are All Right
Among Mozart's most famous chamber works are his six "Haydn" quartets, dedicated to the great Franz Josef Haydn. Mozart referred to these gems as "my six children," and he was a proud and happy father. The quartets were the product of perhaps the sunniest time in his life -- his prolific "Vienna Period," when the 28-year-old wunderkind was at the peak of his energy and creativity. The Quartet No. 17 in B-flat, K. 458, is the best known of the Haydns; you'll recognize it by its nickname, "The Hunt." Although Mozart never called it that, the quartet -- with its opening, hunting-call motif and fast-paced exuberance, which recalls horses at a gallop -- is a perfect example of the composer's inimitable ability to combine grace and lightheartedness with an uncanny understanding of instrumental balance and color. This week, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society presents members of the Phil in an all-Mozart concert that includes the Hunt Quartet; the Quartet in B-flat major, K. 589 -- the second of the "Prussian" quartets; and the Quintet in E-flat major for Piano and Winds, K. 452, a luminous creation, which Mozart considered "the best work I have ever composed." At least until the Requiem. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Tues., May 28, 8 p.m.; $32.50-$62. (323) 850-2000, laphil.com.
Tue., May 28, 8 p.m., 2013
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