Rondo - Allegro. Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra in C major K299. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Janice Ortega, harp. Accompanied by music faculty of California State University East Bay. Roberta Brokaw, flute. Allan Gove, cello. Nathan Rubin, violin. Eric Hanson, violin. Joffria Whitfield, viola.
"Throughout the course of the work, Mozart deftly handles the technical limitations presented him by an instrumental combination for which he had never written. He manages throughout to balance the quiet solo instruments against the orchestral forces without drawing attention to the fact that he is doing so.
Though written for a novel combination of instruments, the concerto’s composition is typical of Mozart’s other concerti from this period. The three-movement piece opens with a joyful Allegro in C major. Structured in standard sonata form, the piece begins by introducing the two principal musical themes which are developed throughout the course of the movement.
After a brief pause, the orchestra retakes center stage as it launches into the joyful strains of the rondo finale. The harp and flute lead us through some of Mozart’s most charming melodic writing before one final cadenza. The orchestra then rejoins them in a final energetic restatement of the rondo’s opening theme, bringing the work to an exuberant conclusion."