Three orchestras serving as the symbols of three different cities in a single work, a third piano concerto and a third symphony. Three composers, three memorable stories, three paths to success and three works that are each great in their own fashion. An overture crafted in a difficult time with the intent of evoking a beautiful celebration; a unique piano competition that doubled as a ticket to America; and a symphony that became the zenith of a symphonic oeuvre. What awaits the audience at this concert are three great experiences.
Dohnányi's Festival Overture opened the November 1923 concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the unification of Pest, Buda and Óbuda. The work sends two symphonic orchestras and a brass one off on their separate ways before having them reunite into a single massive entity. The three ensembles also intertwine three major patriotic melodies: the Hungarian national anthem, the Appeal and Dohnányi's own Hungarian Creed. Rachmaninoff created his Piano Concerto No. 3, perhaps the most diffi...cult work of its type ever written, for his first American concert tour. Giving the composition its weight, apart from its technical complexity, are its dense weaving and profound meaning, with an additional special challenge for the soloist being the fact that the the recording made of the composer himself playing it is truly difficult to surpass. Saint-Saëns's third symphony was also his last work in the genre, as the French composer felt it was so perfect that he refused to write any more, even when offered commissions to do so. It received its ‘Organ' sobriquet from the instrument's role as part of the orchestra in both movements. The work also has a Hungarian connection, in that Saint-Saëns dedicated it to the memory of Franz Liszt.
The concerts is a joint programme of the Cziffra Festival and the Pannon Philharmonic.
Presented by: Pannon Philharmonic
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