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Musical interlude: Mozart at his best

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I just stumbled on this performance of what may be my favorite Mozart concerto. It’s the one for violin and viola, overflowing with amazing melodies, counterpoint, and interplay between the soloists. And this performance is as good as it gets, not just the soloists* but the orchestra, which provides perfect accompaniment–note their dynamics, going from a whisper to a roar, while never stepping on the soloists toes–without, you’ll notice, a conductor. Plus, they’re standing up the whole time (not the cellists, of course, but that’d be too much to ask of them). Enjoy! *Not taking anything away from the violinist, whose tone/intonation/interpretation sounded perfect to me. But you rarely hear such equally perfect viola playing in this concerto. I suspect Mozart, who played the viola himself,

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I just stumbled on this performance of what may be my favorite Mozart concerto. It’s the one for violin and viola, overflowing with amazing melodies, counterpoint, and interplay between the soloists. And this performance is as good as it gets, not just the soloists* but the orchestra, which provides perfect accompaniment–note their dynamics, going from a whisper to a roar, while never stepping on the soloists toes–without, you’ll notice, a conductor. Plus, they’re standing up the whole time (not the cellists, of course, but that’d be too much to ask of them).

Enjoy!

*Not taking anything away from the violinist, whose tone/intonation/interpretation sounded perfect to me. But you rarely hear such equally perfect viola playing in this concerto. I suspect Mozart, who played the viola himself, was looking down approvingly from his cloud in musical heaven.

Jared Bernstein
Jared Bernstein joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in May 2011 as a Senior Fellow. From 2009 to 2011, Bernstein was the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, Executive Director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, and a member of President Obama’s economic team. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Bernstein was a senior economist and the director of the Living Standards Program at the Economic Policy Institute, and between 1995 and 1996, he held the post of Deputy Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor.

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