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Monday, August 31, 2015

Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor – Conrad Tao, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta (HD 1080p)

Στις αρχές του 1900, ο Σεργκέι Ραχμάνινοφ επισκέπτεται τον ψυχαναλυτή και υπνοθεραπευτή Νικολάι Νταλ (μία από τις πλέον αινιγματικές μορφές στη ζωή του), προσπαθώντας να βρει μια διέξοδο στο αδιέξοδο που τον οδηγούσαν τα υπαρξιακά του προβλήματα. Μετά από μήνες θεραπείας, στη διάρκεια της οποίας επισκέπτεται τον δόκτορα Νταλ σε καθημερινή βάση, πλούσιες συνθετικές ιδέες τον κατακλύζουν και η μουσική ρέει και πάλι άφθονη από την πένα του! Είναι η ίδια μουσική που έγραφε πριν από την κρίση που διερχόταν αλλά και συνάμα διαφορετική, πιο ώριμη, πιο μεστή, πιο τεκμηριωμένη. (*)

Η αφετηρία αυτής της «δεύτερης συνθετικής περιόδου» επισφραγίζεται με δύο έργα του 1901, που θεωρούνται μέχρι σήμερα από τα πλέον δημοφιλή του συνθέτη: τη Σουίτα για δύο πιάνα, έργο 17, και το Κονσέρτο για πιάνο και ορχήστρα αρ. 2 σε Ντο ελάσσονα, έργο 18, το οποίο γνωρίζει τεράστια επιτυχία, καθώς έρχονται αμέσως οι πρώτες προτάσεις για παρουσίασή του στην Ευρώπη και συγκεκριμένα στο Λονδίνο και τη Λειψία. Ο Ραχμάνινοφ έχει εισέλθει και πάλι σε φάση ακμής και έχει τη δυνατότητα να χτίζει και πάλι τη ζωή του όπως πραγματικά εκείνος επιθυμεί.

(*) Εκείνη την εποχή, η θεραπεία μέσω ύπνωσης (hypnotherapy) ήταν μία από τις μεγάλες «ανακαλύψεις» της εποχής. Και ο Μάλερ κατέφυγε στη θεραπεία αυτή (μετά την κρίση του γάμου του) και μάλιστα στον ίδιο τον Φρόυντ!


Το Κοντσέρτο για πιάνο αρ. 2 σε Ντο ελάσσονα, έργο 18, του Σεργκέι Ραχμάνινοφ, ερμηνεύει ο – εικοσιδύο χρόνων σήμερα – ταλαντούχος Αμερικανός (κινεζικής καταγωγής) πιανίστας και συνθέτης Conrad Tao. Την Brevard Music Center Orchestra διευθύνει η διακεκριμένη Αμερικανίδα αρχιμουσικός JoAnn Falletta. Στο ανκόρ, ο Conrad Tao ερμηνεύει το Πρελούδιο σε Σολ δίεση μινόρε, έργο 32 αρ. 12, του Ραχμάνινοφ.

The Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18, is a concerto for piano and orchestra composed by Sergei Rachmaninov between the autumn of 1900 and April 1901. The second and third movements were first performed with the composer as soloist on 2 December 1900. The complete work was premiered, again with the composer as soloist, on 9 November 1901, with his cousin Alexander Siloti conducting. This piece is one of Rachmaninov's most enduringly popular pieces, and established his fame as a concerto composer.

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

♪ Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 (1900-1901)

i. Moderato
ii. Adagio sostenuto
iii. Allegro scherzando

Conrad Tao, piano

Brevard Music Center Orchestra

Μουσική διεύθυνση (Conductor): JoAnn Falletta

North Carolina, Brevard Music Center, Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, August 3, 2014 (3 Αυγούστου 2014)

(HD 1080p)

Πρώτη δημοσίευση: 31 Αυγούστου 2015 – First publication: August 31, 2015
Τελευταία ενημέρωση: 31 Αυγούστου 2016 – Last update: August 31, 2016

i. Moderato

ii. Adagio sostenuto

iii. Allegro scherzando

(Encore) Sergei Rachmaninov: Prelude in G sharp minor, Op.32 No.12 (1910)

Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, and has been dubbed a musician of "probing intellect and open-hearted vision" by the New York Times, a "thoughtful and mature composer" by NPR, and "ferociously talented" by Time Out New York. In June of 2011, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the Department of Education named Tao a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded him a YoungArts gold medal in music. Later that year, Tao was named a Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation. In May of 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

During the 2015-2016 season, Tao performs with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Brazilian Symphony, and Calgary Philharmonic, among others; he also performs recitals in Europe and throughout the United States with repertoire ranging from Bach to Frederic Rzewski to Rachmaninoff to Julia Wolfe. Past notable symphonic engagements have included the San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Toronto Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, and Nashville Symphony. Tao maintains a close relationship with the Aspen Music Festival, and has appeared at the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Brevard Music Center, Ravinia Festival, and Mostly Mozart Festival.

In June of 2013, Tao kicked off the inaugural Unplay Festival at the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn, which he curated and produced. The festival, designated a "critics' pick" by Time Out New York and hailed by the New York Times for its "clever organization" and "endlessly engaging" performances, featured Conrad with guest artists performing a wide variety of new works. Across three nights encompassing electroacoustic music, performance art, youth ensembles, and much more, Unplay explored the fleeting ephemera of the Internet, the possibility of a 21st-century canon, and music's role in social activism and critique. That month, Tao, a Warner Classics recording artist, also released Voyages, his first full-length for the label, declared a "spiky debut" by the New Yorker's Alex Ross. Of the album, NPR wrote: "Tao proves himself to be a musician of deep intellectual and emotional means – as the thoughtful programming on this album... proclaims". His next album, Pictures, which slots works by David Lang, Toru Takemitsu, Elliott Carter, and Tao himself alongside Mussorgsky's familiar and beloved Pictures at an Exhibition, will be released in October, 2015.

Tao's career as composer has garnered an eight consecutive ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and the Carlos Surinach Prize from BMI. In the 2013-2014 season, while serving as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's artist-in-residence, Tao premiered his orchestral composition, The world is very different now. Commissioned in observance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the work was described by the New York Times as "shapely and powerful". Most recently, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia commissioned a new work for piano, orchestra, and electronics, An Adjustment, which received its premiere in September 2015 with Tao at the piano. The Philadelphia Inquirer declared the piece abundant in "compositional magic", a "most imaginative [integration of] spiritual post-Romanticism and '90s club music".

Tao was born in Urbana, Illinois, in 1994. He has studied piano with Emilio del Rosario in Chicago and Yoheved Kaplinsky in New York, and composition with Christopher Theofanidis.


Conrad Tao

JoAnn Falletta

Δείτε επίσης – See also

Conrad Tao: Voyages – Meredith Monk, Sergei Rachmaninov, Maurice Ravel, Conrad Tao (Download)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major – Conrad Tao, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin

Sergei Rachmaninov

Sergei Rachmaninov: All-Night Vigil – Beate Koepp, Kwon-Shik Lee – WDR Rundfunkchor, Nicolas Fink (HD 1080p)

Sergei Rachmaninov: Suite No.2 for two pianos, Op.17 – Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire

Sergei Rachmaninov: The Isle of the Dead – hr-Sinfonieorchester, Edward Gardner (HD 1080p)

Sergei Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – hr-Sinfonieorchester, Kirill Gerstein, Edward Gardner (HD 1080p)

Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor – Dejan Lazić, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kirill Petrenko (Audio video)

Sergei Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – Stephen Hough, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo (HD 1080p)

Sergei Rachmaninov: Elegie Op.3 No.1 – Irina Lankova

Sergei Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Symphony No.2 in E minor – Denis Matsuev, Leonard Slatkin (Full HD 1080p)

Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos No.2 & No.3, Vocalise – Denis Matsuev, Leonard Slatkin (Full HD 1080p)

A Russian Night: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov & Stravinsky – Hélène Grimaud, Claudio Abbado (Full HD 1080p)

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