At these concerts, the Budapest Festival Orchestra will play one work each by a versatile composer of each of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries: Wagner, who also wrote the librettos for his own operas, and two composer-conductor performers in Stravinsky and Jörg Widmann. Taking the stage as the soloist in Widmann's concerto will be Christian Tetzlaff. Credited with the piece's 2007 world première, the violinist's playing was described by a critic from Bachtrack as full of 'passion and unstoppable virtuosity'. The conductor of the concert will be Robin Ticciati, who studied under Colin Davis and Simon Rattle.
The trumpet call at the beginning of the overture to Wagner's five-act opera Rienzi, the Last of the Tribunes, summons the characters in the drama to battle. This is followed by the melody to Rienzi's prayer, and then by the battle hymn and military march that close the piece.
In Widmann's 2006 concerto, the soloist plays throughout with hardly any pause at all. Although the composer does not push the limits of the genre, he does experiment with extremes in terms of both tempo and tone. Af...ter guiding the listener through a barren and frightening underworld as an Orphean hero, the soloist eventually closes the composition in the ethereal heights.
'Remember him well! He's a man on the verge of global fame,' said Sergei Diaghilev, who commissioned The Firebird, of Stravinsky. This ballet music based on Russian folk tales amazed the Parisian audience. This story of Prince Ivan's fight, aided by the Firebird, against Koschei, who turns princesses into statues, will come to life - this time, with the complete ballet score - in passages from folk songs, bird calls, a distorted scherzo, a beautiful lullaby and celebratory fanfares.
Presented by: Budapest Festival Orchestra
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