This concert will whisk us from the enchanting world of French bohemians via the grimness of the Stalinist Soviet Union to the congenially grotesque setting of Russian folk tales, all under the baton of Pinchas Steinberg, an Israeli conductor whose links extend to Budapest.Raised in Montmartre, Georges Bizet was 17 when he wrote his Symphony in C major, his first such work, as a simple school assignment. The piece brimming with transcendent gestures and fresh momentum has gone on to become far more than that. Referred to as 'enchanting and charming' by critics, this work has become an important part of the Romantic repertoire. Dmitri Shostakovich's Cello Concerto in E-flat major - which the composer wrote for his friend and student Mstislav Rostropovich, the giant of the cello - is one of the world's most difficult concertos for the instrument. It is a profound and personal testimony full of ambivalent feelings about an unpredictable and antagonistic world (the Stalinist Soviet Union) in which it was never possible to know whether one would wake up the next morning as a hero or a scapegoat. The soloist performing the piece, the likewise Russian Alexander Knyazev, is considered a worthy successor to Rostropovich.
The concert will close with what is perhaps the most popular work from another Russian composer, Modest Mussorgsky, although it was made truly great with the revision by Maurice Ravel. Mussorgsky originally wrote his 1874 cycle Pictures at an Exhibition for the piano after the premature death of painter Viktor Hartmann; Mussorgsky took inspiration from a memorial exhibition of his good friend's pictures. Coming to life in musical notes are a fantastic gnome character, an ancient castle, a lumbering cart, little chicks, market-goers and witches - Russian fairy tales and countless colourful moods.
Presented by: Budapest Festival Orchestra
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