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Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor – Marc-André Hamelin, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Santtu-Matias Rouvali (HD 1080p)














Johannes Brahms was 20 years old when, in 1853, he first made the acquaintance of Robert Schumann through a letter of recommendation provided by the famous violinist Joseph Joachim. It was Schumann's unabashed praise of the music that Brahms showed him that, more than anything else, provided the young composer with the courage necessary to begin work on a full-scale symphony the next year. That courage, however, fell short in the end – Brahms felt himself too inexperienced and was too haunted by the "footsteps of a giant" (Beethoven) to begin fruitful symphonic work – and Brahms reorganized the material he had written as a sonata for two pianos. By 1858, this sonata for two pianos had itself been reborn as the Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15.

The Piano Concerto No.1 as we know it today is a complete reworking of the ideas and themes of the original duo-sonata source; much of it is completely new music. The premiere of the piece in January 1859 was not the failure that it is sometimes portrayed to have been, but the cold response at a follow-up performance in Leipzig left a bitter taste in Brahms' mouth that he never forgot – Leipzig remained an enemy for the rest of his life.

The Concerto is in three movements: Maestoso, Adagio, and Allegro non troppo. The orchestral exposition to the giant Maestoso is mighty, epic, and tragic in no small portion; much later, a radiant, chorale-like second idea is offered by the soloist, who Brahms provides with the kind of rich, deep sonorities so characteristic of his piano writing. At the recapitulation, which is ushered in by a massive climax in which the pianist is forced to use all his/her strength to compete with the massive orchestral bursts, the pianist boldly takes over the mighty utterances that began the movement.

Brahms wrote the words "Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini" at the head of the slow movement, but whether the words are an homage to Robert Schumann (whom Brahms sometimes called Domini), a portrait of Clara Schumann (the most popular interpretation, and one seemingly supported by a letter from Brahms to Clara), or some other reference is unknown.

The rondo-theme of the finale is introduced by the piano alone, and, later on, the soloist gets his/her one and only chance to impress the audience with a cadenza – though it is dramatic necessity, not garish virtuosity, that demands the cadenza in the first place.

Source: Blair Johnston (allmusic.com)


One of the world's absolutely finest pianists and the Chief Conductor designate of the Gothenburg Symphony – what a combination. Santtu-Matias Rouvali starts his tenure 2017-2018 and expectations are high. At this concert he appears with an outstanding pianist: Marc-André Hamelin. After this performance of the concert, Göteborgs-Posten's critic was stunned: "Magnificent interpretation by a master pianist".



Η ιστορία της δημιουργίας του Πρώτου Κοντσέρτου για πιάνο σε Ρε ελάσσονα, έργο 15, του Γιοχάνες Μπραμς ξεκινά το 1854 στο Ντίσελντορφ όπου ο νεαρός συνθέτης είχε μεταβεί προκειμένου να συμπαρασταθεί στην οικογένεια του μέντορά του, Ρόμπερτ Σούμαν, μετά την απόπειρα αυτοκτονίας του τελευταίου στον Ρήνο. Οι περιστάσεις αυτές καθόρισαν ασφαλώς τον έκδηλα τραγικό τόνο του νέου αυτού έργου του Μπραμς, το οποίο ενώ αρχικά είχε συλληφθεί ως σονάτα για δύο πιάνα και λίγο αργότερα εξελισσόταν ήδη σε συμφωνία, τελικά από το 1855 επανασχεδιάστηκε ως κοντσέρτο για πιάνο (συνδυάζοντας τρόπον τινά τις δύο προηγούμενες προοπτικές) που ολοκληρώθηκε τον Φεβρουάριο του 1858. Η πρώτη δημόσια παρουσίασή του στο Αννόβερο, στις 22 Ιανουαρίου του 1859, δεν υπήρξε ιδιαίτερα επιτυχής, αλλά τουλάχιστον δεν ήταν και καταστροφική όπως η δεύτερη, που ακολούθησε λίγες ημέρες αργότερα στη Λειψία και αμαυρώθηκε από σφυρίγματα και έντονες αποδοκιμασίες προς τον πιανίστα και συνθέτη. Παρ' όλα αυτά, το έργο δεν άργησε από εκεί και ύστερα να καθιερωθεί στα προγράμματα των συναυλιών και δη ως ένα από τα κορυφαία του είδους του.

Πηγή: Ιωάννης Φούλιας


Το Κοντσέρτο αρ. 1 σε Ρε ελάσσονα, έργο 15, του Γιοχάνες Μπραμς, ερμηνεύει ο διάσημος Καναδός πιανίστας Marc-André Hamelin. Τη Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα του Γκέτεμποργκ διευθύνει ο μόλις τριανταενός χρόνων Φινλανδός μαέστρος Santtu-Matias Rouvali ο οποίος διορίστηκε πρόσφατα στη θέση του μουσικού διευθυντή της Ορχήστρας για την περίοδο 2017-2018. Η συναυλία δόθηκε στο Μέγαρο Μουσικής του Γκέτεμποργκ στις 22 Σεπτεμβρίου 2016.



Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

♪ Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15 (1854-1858)

i. Maestoso
ii. Adagio
iii. Rondo: Allegro non troppo

Marc-André Hamelin, piano

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Santtu-Matias Rouvali

Gothenburg Concert Hall, September 22, 2016

(HD 1080p)




Encore:

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

♪ Reflets dans l'eau (Reflections in the water) (1905)

Marc-André Hamelin, piano

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Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is ranked among the elect of world pianists for his unrivalled blend of musicianship and virtuosity in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of the rarities of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries – in concert and on disc.

He begins the 2016/2017 season with summer festival appearances at the Schubertiade, Verbier, Lofoton, Salzburg, and recitals at Tanglewood, Domaine Forget, Aspen, and La Jolla, where the La Jolla Music Society commissioned Hamelin to write a piano/cello sonata for himself and cellist Hai-Ye Ni.

Mr. Hamelin's orchestral engagements this season include weeks with the Montreal (Ravel and Shostakovich with Nagano) and Minnesota (Vanska) orchestras; the Indianapolis Symphony in a reprise of the Haydn Cto. In D Major with Bernard Labadie, per their recent recording; the Bayerische Staatsorchester with Kirill Petrenko; the NDR Hanover, and the symphony orchestras in Gothenburg, Oregon, Bologna, Montpellier, and the Warsaw Philharmonic in repertoire including Brahms 1 and 2, Medtner 2, and Mozart K.453. Recitals include those at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonic, The Gilmore Festival, the 92nd St Y in New York, and in Cleveland, Chicago, Toronto, et al. He also ventures to China for a set of recitals at the Shanghai Concert Hall.

Special events of 2016/2017 include duo recitals with Leif Ove Andsnes at Wigmore Hall in London, in Rotterdam, Dublin, Italy, and in Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, Beverly Hills, and at Symphony Center in Chicago and Carnegie Hall in New York. He tours with the Pacifica Quartet, playing the world premiere of his own string quintet, commissioned by the Segerstrom Center in Orange County, CA, and concludes the season as a juror at the Cliburn Piano Competition, for which he has been commissioned to write the obligatory solo work for the contestants.

Last season, Mr. Hamelin was a featured artist in solo recital on the Keyboard Virtuoso Series at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium in January, and returned to Carnegie Hall for a performance of Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No.1 with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and conductor Iván Fischer in February, part of a North American tour that also brought Mr. Hamelin and the BFO to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and Maison Symphonique in Montréal. Mr. Hamelin collaborated with the London Philharmonic and Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski at Frankfurt's Alte Oper (Liszt's Totentanz and Rachmaninov's Paganini Rhapsody) and joined them again in London for performances and recordings of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.3 and Nikolai Medtner's Piano Concerto No.2. Further orchestral highlights included Mr. Hamelin's debut with the Filharmonica della Scala in Milan, and the British premiere performances of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Piano Concerto (which was written for Mr. Hamelin) with the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester. Mr. Hamelin also appeared with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Quebec, San Diego, and Toronto Symphony orchestras, as well as the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Lucerne Symphony and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in repertoire ranging from Mozart to Brahms, Ravel and Messiaen.

Marc-André Hamelin is a frequent recitalist for Chicago Symphony Presents, the Cliburn, Spivey Hall, Montreal Pro Musica, Music Toronto, WPA in Washington, the Boston Celebrity Series and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Princeton University, San Francisco Performances, and in all the major concert halls in New York. Recitals in Europe include regular appearances at the Wigmore Hall in London, Munich, DeSingel in Antwerp, the Concertgebuow in Amsterdam, Moscow State Philharmonic Society, Perugia, the Heidelberg Festival and the Salzburg Mozarteum, as well as a recent three-concert residency at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam.

He has appeared repeatedly with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, New York, Boston, Cleveland, and Philadelphia. At the last of these, he played the American premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Piano Concerto (written for him) with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. In his 2014 debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in Haydn's D Major Piano Concerto his playing was praised as "the very paragon of Classical purity, a fount of crisp, sparkling passages" (Cleveland Plain-Dealer, May 1, 2015).

In recognition of his remarkable discography, Mr. Hamelin was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in June 2015. Also awarded the 2006 lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic's Award (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik), Mr. Hamelin has recorded some 70 CDs for the Hyperion label, most recently a double disc of Mozart Sonatas and two recordings with the Takács Quartet featuring the piano quintets by Shostakovich and Leo Ornstein. Further highlights of Mr. Hamelin's recent discography include a CD devoted to Schumann's Kinderszenen and Waldszenen and Janáček's On the Overgrown Path, which was listed as CD of the Month in both Gramophone and BBC Music magazines. His recording of Busoni's Late Piano Works received the 2014 Echo Award of "Instrumentalist of the Year (Piano)" and "Disc of the Year" by two leading French journals, Diapason and Classica. Mr. Hamelin's discography ranges from the neglected masterpieces of Alkan, Ives, Medtner and Roslavets to brilliantly received performances of Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, and Debussy. A series of recordings of Haydn sonatas and concertos was particularly well-received, putting Mr. Hamelin on "the shortlist of most revelatory Haydn interpreters on record" (BBC Music Magazine, June 2015).

In 2010 Mr. Hamelin joined the ranks on CD of noted composer-pianists by releasing his own highly inventive "12 Etudes in all the minor keys" on the Hyperion label and with publication by Edition Peters. Mr. Hamelin has since performed his own compositions around the world, to great critical acclaim. His Pavane variée was commissioned for the ARD Music Competition in Munich, where it was the obligatory piece for the 2014 piano competition.

Winner of the 1985 Carnegie Hall Competition, Marc-André Hamelin was born in 1961 in Montreal. He began to play the piano at the age of five, and by the age of nine had already won top prize in the Canadian Music Competition. Mr. Hamelin's father, a pharmacist by trade who was also a gifted amateur pianist, had introduced him to the works of Alkan, Medtner and Sorabji when he was still very young. Mr. Hamelin's principal teachers included Gilles Hamelin, Yvonne Hubert, Harvey Wedeen and Russell Sherman; he studied at the École Vincent d'Indy in Montreal and then at Temple University in Philadelphia. An Officer of the Order of Canada since 2003 and a Chevalier de l'Ordre du Québec since 2004, Mr. Hamelin is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada and features prominently in the book The Composer-Pianists: Hamelin and the Eight by Robert Rimm, published by Amadeus Press. Mr. Hamelin makes his home in the Boston area.

Source: marcandrehamelin.com















Santtu-Matias Rouvali (b. 1985) is a Finnish conductor and percussionist. From a family of musicians, Rouvali's parents played in the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. He is the youngest of the three sons in his family. One of his older brothers died in a car accident at age 23.

Rouvali learned percussion as a youngster, and continued his studies at the Sibelius Academy. Rouvali completed in the Eurovision Young Soloists Finnish qualifier in 2004 as a percussionist. As a percussionist, he performed with such orchestras as the Mikkeli City Orchestra, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. At age 22, he focused more on studies in conducting at the Sibelius Academy, where his teachers included Jorma Panula, Leif Segerstam and Hannu Lintu.

In September 2009, Rouvali guest-conducted the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra as an emergency substitute conductor. He first guest-conducted the Tapiola Sinfonietta in November 2010. Later in the same month, the Tapiola Sinfonietta named Rouvali an artist-in-association with the orchestra, effective September 2011, with an agreement of 3 years.

Rouvali first guest-conducted the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in January 2010. He subsequently returned as a guest conductor in December 2011. In September 2012, the orchestra announced the appointment of Rouvali as its chief conductor, effective with the 2013-2014 season, with an initial contract of 3 years. His current Tampere contract is through 2019.

Outside of Finland, Rouvali first guest-conducted the Copenhagen Philharmonic in November 2011. He subsequently became principal guest conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic with the 2013-2014 season. In August 2014, Rouvali made his first guest-conducting appearance with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (GSO). In May 2016, the GSO announced the appointment of Rouvali as its next chief conductor, effective with the 2017-2018 season, with an initial contract of 4 years.

Rouvali has made commercial recordings with the Oulu Philharmonic Orchestra for Ondine, and with the Tampere Philharmonic for Orfeo.

Source: en.wikipedia.org



Σε όσους παρακολουθούν στενότερα την καλλιτεχνική και ιδιαίτερα τη μουσική ζωή όχι μόνο των σκανδιναβικών χωρών αλλά γενικότερα της Ευρώπης, το όνομα του νεαρού αρχιμουσικού είναι αρκετά γνωστό, καθώς ο Santtu-Matias Rouvali θεωρείται αυτή τη στιγμή το μεγαλύτερο ίσως ταλέντο στον κόσμο, στον τομέα της μουσικής διεύθυνσης.

Ο Santtu-Matias Rouvali είναι σήμερα μουσικός διευθυντής της Φιλαρμονικής Ορχήστρας του Τάμπερε, μιας πόλης της νότιας Φινλανδίας, καθώς επίσης και επισκέπτης αρχιμουσικός της ιστορικής Φιλαρμονικής της Κοπεγχάγης, ενώ συχνά καλείται να διευθύνει πολύ γνωστά και σπουδαία μουσικά σύνολα όπως την Ορχήστρα Φιλαρμόνια του Λονδίνου, τη Φιλαρμονική Ορχήστρα της Γαλλικής Ραδιοφωνίας και τη Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα της Φινλανδικής Ραδιοφωνίας. Τα προσεχή του σχέδια περιλαμβάνουν συναυλίες με τη Φιλαρμονική του Λος Άντζελες, την Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin και την Ορχήστρα της Μινεσότα.

Σχολιάζοντας την ανακοίνωση του διορισμού του στη θέση του μουσικού διευθυντή της Εθνικής Ορχήστρας της Σουηδίας, η οποία είναι περισσότερο γνωστή ως Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα του Γκέτεμποργκ, ο Santtu-Matias Rouvali δήλωσε: «Είμαι περήφανος που ακολουθώ τα χνάρια των προηγούμενων μεγάλων μουσικών διευθυντών της Συμφωνικής Ορχήστρας του Γκέτεμποργκ, όπως των Neeme Järvi, Mario Venzago και Gustavo Dudamel. Έχω απολαύσει μερικές εκπληκτικές συναυλίες με την ορχήστρα αυτή και ανυπομονώ να συνεργαστώ με όλους αυτούς τους υπέροχους μουσικούς. Η Φινλανδία και η Σουηδία έχουν η κάθε χώρα πολύ πλούσιο μουσικό πολιτισμό, κι αυτός είναι ένας ακόμη λόγος για τον οποίον ανυπομονώ να φέρω το καλύτερο και των δύο αυτών μουσικών πολιτισμών στο Γκέτεμποργκ αλλά και στις διεθνείς περιοδείες μας».

Ο Sten Cranner, γενικός και καλλιτεχνικός διευθυντής της Συμφωνικής Ορχήστρας του Γκέτεμποργκ, δήλωσε ότι ο Santtu-Matias Rouvali εκπροσωπεί σήμερα ό,τι πιο φρέσκο και μοναδικό ως μαέστρος, καθώς φέρνει τα πολυτιμότερα δύο κόσμων: τη μουσική σκανδιναβική παράδοση, με την οποία είναι συνδεδεμένη η Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα του Γκέτεμποργκ, και τον δυναμισμό της νεότητάς του. «Πιστεύω ακράδαντα ότι ο Rouvali αντιπροσωπεύει αυτό το οποίο είναι το μέλλον στον κόσμο της κλασικής μουσικής. Είμαι βέβαιος ότι θα διαμορφώσει και θα εξελίξει την Ορχήστρα με τη διορατικότητά του και την καλλιτεχνική λάμψη του».

Τα πρώτα και πολύ ενδιαφέροντα σχέδια του Santtu-Matias Rouvali, περιλαμβάνουν μία περιοδεία στις πρωτεύουσες των σκανδιναβικών χωρών, με την κορυφαία Γαλλίδα πιανίστρια Ελέν Γκριμό.






























































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