Kalevi Aho: Minea
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 1
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet – suite
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
Born in 1949, Kalevi Aho is one of the most internationally respected modern Finnish composers, and a student of Einojuhani Rautavaara in Helsinki, then of Boris Blacher in Berlin. In addition to 15 symphonies and 19 concertos, he has written four operas, various choral works and chamber music. Most CD recordings of his works have been conducted by Osmo Vänskä.
Born in 1953, the Finnish conductor and composer began his career at the podium with victory in the 1982 conductors’ competition in Besançon. He has led several orchestras in his home country, while his international career has been associated mainly with ensembles in Northern Europe, the UK and the United States.
Béla Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 1 breaks with the Romantic concerto tradition of setting a solo instrument off against an orchestra, instead following a model of instrumentation built on blocks of instruments and musical timbres grouped in unison. Its other characteristic feature is monothematic construction, as the entire work develops from a single basic theme.
The repertoire of world-renowned French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the soloist for this evening’s concert, extends from Bach to the present day, with a particular emphasis on 20th century classics and contemporary composers. The pianist has a close affinity to the music of Hungarian composers Bartók, Ligeti and Kurtág.
Bartók Béla National Concert Hall Website
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