Double bass concerto? 'That has to be like watching an elephant dance ballet!' This is what some people think when someone mentions virtuosity and grace in connection to the lowest-pitched of the stringed instruments. But they're wrong! They should just hear the playing Ödön Rácz, a highly esteemed Hungarian member of the Vienna Philharmonic who, in addition to his work with the orchestra, also performs concerts all over Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. Then they would see how the double bass is capable of accommodating nimble runs and how it can sing and - in the hands of an authentic virtuoso - even scintillate.
Rácz and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra are old acquaintances: the bassist was only 12 years old when he first took the stage with the ensemble. They recently recorded a joint album together for a storied international record label featuring, along with a work by each Giovanni Bottesini and Astor Piazzolla, the piece that this peerless virtuoso of his instrument will be playing for the audience on this occasion: the four-movement concerto by Nino Rota that received from its composer the title... and designation Divertimento concertante. This composition contains everything that could be desired for the soloist to show that, both musically and technically, he has what it takes. On top of that, the work is written in the highly familiar and characteristic neoclassical/neoromantic post-modern style that Rota used in the incidental music that he composed for the films of Fellini. In its overall tone, the piece is varied, lively and upbeat. The latter adjective is also applicable to the two other pieces on the programme that will be played before and after Rota's under the auspices of the outstanding Austrian pianist/conductor Stefan Vladar: Mozart's Divertimento in D major and Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 are both filled with elegance, lightness, grace, vibrant rhythms and energy. We can look forward to a cheery concert!
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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