Following up regarding my last post about Friday night’s Los Angeles Philharmonic concert, here’s one extra little tidbit about Mozart’s Posthorn Serenade and the orchestra:
- As stated in both printed and online version of the program notes, the first performance was March 26, 1942, with George Szell conducting.
- Until this season, the most recent performance was one day later, March 27, 1942, again with Mr. Szell on the podium.
I realize that this serenade isn’t exactly regular fare, but I was a bit surprised to know that it hasn’t been played by the local band in over 70 years! I guess this qualifies as a forgotten gem of sorts, at least around these parts.
I saw the note about the original performance but hadn’t realized that it hadn’t been done in 70 years. Amazing.