classical music, opera, theatre

Rudolf Buchbinder and the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

one interval
Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

We regret to inform our audience that Zubin Mehta has cancelled his appearance with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino due to illness. On the podium for the evening will be Lorenzo Viotti.

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A blissful symphony brimming with a love of nature that presages the style of Romantic expression and a piano concerto, tragic in mood, that consummates it. Beethoven and Brahms. That is, Brahms and Beethoven, because at this concert we will progress from the result to the antecedent. The soloist is one of the leading pianists of our time, and one who has so far escaped visiting us, yet another reason why it will be worth hearing him at last. Lorenzo Viotti, the young conductor jumping in to substitute for Zubin Mehta, has already proved himself at the helm of a number world-renowned orchestras. He was recently appointed to lead both the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dutch National Opera.

Brahms was 25 years old in 1858 when he completed his first piano concerto. The D minor piece was his first opus written for a full orchestra to be played in front of an audience. The drama and dark tone of this extraordinarily difficult virtuoso piece is related to the fatal illness and tragic death of Schumann, who acted as a mentor to Brahms. Beethoven's "Pastoral" Sixth Symphony dates from 1808, and he first presented it as part of a marathon composer's concert in December of that same year. One modern feature is the connecting of the third and fourth movements of the five-movement work, and the depiction of nature makes the work a forerunner to Romantic programme music. The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino festival orchestra was established in 1928. Over the course of its nearly a century of existence, the legendary ensemble has collaborated with an amazing series of great conductors, ranging from Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter and Otto Klemperer to Seiji Ozawa, Carlos Kleiber and Riccardo Chailly. Zubin Mehta headed the festival between 1985 and 2017, another golden age in the history of work with the orchestra. Although illness unfortunately prevents the Indian-born maestro from being with us, we will get to welcome a young star conductor to the Müpa Budapest stage in the person of Lorenzo Viotti.

Rudolf Buchbinder records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest


  • Lorenzo Viotti
  • piano
    Rudolf Buchbinder

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