The third appointment with the Spring Piano Festival of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai is on Thursday 28 May at 9 pm at Rai’s Auditorioum “Arturo Toscanini” in Turin, and live on Radio3.
Guest artist will be Romanian pianist Herbert Schuch, winner of the “Casagrande Competition”, of London’s “International Piano Competition” and of Vienna’s “Beethoven Competition”. He was also prized with the ECHO Klassik Award for his recording of Viktor Ullmann’s rare Piano concerto Op. 25, the same work he is presenting at this concert in Turin. Dated 1938, the concerto is one of those early twentieth century compositions that were never performed at the time due to anti-Jewish laws; Ullmann – an Austrian composer, pianist and conductor – was in fact of Jewish descent and died in Auschwitz in 1944 after spending two years in the Theresienstadt’s camp with other artists.
American conductor John Axelrod will be on the podium and will also be conducting the Symphony No. 3 Op. 36 - also known as the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs - by Polish composer Henryk Gorecki, here interpreted by mezzo Isabel Bayrakdarian. One of the composer’s best-known works, this meditative piece of music in three movements is dated 1976; the first movement is a fifteenth-century Polish lament, the second a message written on the walls of a Gestapo prison in Zakopane, the third is inspired by a traditional folk song.
The next appointment with the Spring Piano Festival is scheduled on Friday 4 June and will feature Italian pianist Federico Colli.
The fourth appointment with the Spring Piano Festival of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai is on Friday 4 June at 9 pm at Rai’s Auditorium “Arturo Toscanini” in Turin, and live on Radio3.
Guest artist will be Italian pianist Federico Colli who, after being awarded first prize at the Salzburg Mozart Competition and Gold medal at the Leeds International Piano Competition, began an international career that has seen him walk the most prestigious stages, from Vienna’s Musikverein to London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. With the Rai Orchestra he will be presenting Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15, a work that underwent a long and difficult genesis: its first drafts date back to 1852, while its premiere was in Hannover in 1859 followed by a performance in Leipzig in 1860 that was a complete fiasco. The written edition, after further changes, was released in 1861 and shows what was at the time an innovative work, especially for the equal treatment of orchestra and solo parts.
Filippo Maria Bressan will be conducting and completing the evening’s program with German composer Louis Spohr’s Symphony No. 6 in G major Op. 116, also known as “Historische Sinfonie”.
The next appointment with the Spring Piano Festival is scheduled on Thursday 11 June, featuring American pianist Simone Dinnerstein.