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MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
HOLST: The Planets, op. 32
Returning to Aspen for a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 is Garrick Ohlsson, who was hailed in 2016 by the Seattle Times for his “incredible technique with razor-sharp accuracy, producing a sound so lush it almost glistens.”
Composer Holst shunned the public spotlight. After the enormous success of The Planets and The Hymn of Jesus, he wrote to a friend “Woe to you when all men speak well of you.” Needing solitude to compose, he soon retreated from the glare of adulation. At the premiere of The Planets, Holst commented that “These pieces were suggested by the astrological significance of the planets. There is no program music in them, neither have they any connection with the deities of classical mythology bearing the same names. If any guide to the music is required, the subtitle of each piece will be found sufficient, especially if used in a broad sense. For instance, Jupiter brings jollity in the ordinary sense, and also the more ceremonial kind of rejoicing associated with religious or national festivities. Saturn brings not only physical decay, but also a vision of fulfillment. Mercury is the symbol of mind.”