The Sarasota Orchestra: Mendelssohn and Mozart

American Classical Pianist Robert Levin

This week’s Tuesday Masterwork with The Sarasota Orchestra features performances from the 2018 and 2019 Sarasota Music Festival with Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2, Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony No. 8, and Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos in E-Flat.

The Works

Mendelssohn’s Second Piano Trio is filled with beauty and simplicity. The work premiered in 1845 and was the last composition Mendelssohn lived to see published.[1]

Scholars have determined that Schubert planned to finish his Symphony No. 8. Manuscripts have surfaced showing piano sketches of what would have been the symphony’s third movement.[2]

Although there is no concrete evidence, Mozart may have composed his Two-Piano Concerto for himself and his sister Nannerl. Mozart began writing this piece after losing his mother in 1777.[3] Overall, the work expresses themes of joy and delight that still includes moments of grief.

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[1] “About MENDELSSOHN’s Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66.” Redlands Symphony,

[2] “SYMPHONY NO. 8 IN B MINOR, D. 759.” SYMPHONY NO. 8 IN B MINOR, D. 759 | Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra,

[3]  Storello. Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, K. 365, 27 July 2018,