Both the soloist and the conductor performing this evening are very familiar to the Müpa Budapest audience, even though they have never appeared here together before. Whereas we had the opportunity to marvel at the pianist's virtuosity and interpretive ability in 2013 as part of the Rising Stars series run by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO), the conductor was last seen here, as he will be now, with Vienna's legendary ensemble.Igor Levit was born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1987, but settled in Germany with his family in 1995. He followed up his studies at Salzburg's Mozarteum at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. He has performed at numerous concerts internationally, including in Athens, Hamamatsu, Tel Aviv and Bad Kissingen. His intimate relationship with the music of Beethoven is eminently evident from both the recordings he has made thus far and his appearance in Budapest six years ago. Tonight, as the soloist performing the Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor (dating from 1800), he will get the chance to show the Budapest audience that in its opening movement, after the easy conversational style of the previous two Beethoven concertos, begins with a serious and disciplined sound, the 'military' style fashionable at the time. This is followed by a confessional Largo and a taut but playful Rondo, which returns to the clear key of C major in its denouement.
Now well into his seventies, the Los Angeles-born Michael Tilson Thomas, who is known to the world as a superb interpreter of the works of Mahler and of modern American music, as well as for his work as an enthusiastic apostle of musical education, will be be putting his skill on display with the clear tones and pastoral sound of Brahms's Symphony No. 2. Amply flowing with melodies, the work - which was premièred by the then 32-year-old Vienna Philharmonic with Hans Richter conducting in 1877 ¬- is the very essence of exuberant lust for life, energy and light-hearted gaiety.
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