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14.05.2021 20:00 (CEST)

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Rudolf Buchbinder & Manfred Honeck present Grieg, Mozart & Beethoven

We open with extracts from Grieg’s evocative incidental music for Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt – pieces portraying, in turn, the rural Norwegian landscape; Solveig’s love for Peer; the beauty of chieftain’s daughter Anitra; and Peer’s encounter with trolls, gnomes and goblins.

The Czech Philharmonic and Manfred Honeck are then joined by the legendary Rudolf Buchbinder for Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor, K466. The composer’s first piano concerto in a minor key creates a complex relationship between soloist and orchestra in a way that reveals the symphonic potential of the genre and foreshadows Romanticism. By contrast with the drama of the outer movements, the melodic beauty of the central Romanze seems to bring time to a standstill. One notable admirer of K466 was Beethoven, and it is his First Symphony that brings the programme to an end. While indebted to the Classicism of Haydn and Mozart, this work also hints at the originality he was to bring to the genre. Its most notable innovation, perhaps, is the third-movement Menuetto, no stately dance, but a lively, energetic piece – the first of his symphonic scherzos in all but name.

Edvard Grieg
Peer Gynt – excerpts from Suites Nos.1 and 2
“Morning Mood”, “Solveig’s Song”,
“Anitra’s Dance”, “In the Hall of the Mountain King”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K466
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.1 in C major, op.21

Rudolf Buchbinder piano
Manfred Honeck conductor
Czech Philharmonic

Filmed in the Dvořák Hall at the Rudolfinum, Prague
photos by ©Petra Hajska

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