J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, BWV 1049
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, op. 15
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, op. 98
Six Concerts avec plusieurs instruments (six concertos for several instruments) was the inscription with which Johann Sebastian Bach presented his collection of concertos to Christian Ludwig, margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, in March 1721. Bach compiled the series from completed manuscripts in the hope that they would help him win the margrave’s patronage and gain a position more in keeping with his talents and ambition. The three-movement Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, in the key of G major, provides solo roles for both violin and two recorders.
Born in Romania in 1945, Radu Lupu is one of the leading pianists of our times. Having won a number of international competitions, he became a regularly invited guest of the world’s leading concert halls and orchestras from the early 1970s onwards.
“I keep thinking how gladly I would begin rehearsals of the work with you. At the same time, I also hope that it will find favour with the general public. Although I fear that it emits too much of our more chilly climate... because, after all, the cherries never become sweet here,” Johannes Brahms wrote of his fourth symphony to his friend Hans von Bülow. The anxiety evident in the composer’s words proved unfounded, however, as Bülow’s renowned Meiningen orchestra presented the Symphony in E minor to great acclaim in 1885.
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer, conductor
Radu Lupu, piano
Bartók Béla National Concert Hall Website
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