Budapest Festival Orchestra

Orchestral Concert - Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff

Müpa, Bartók Béla Nemzeti Hangversenyterem January 23, 2018, 19:45

Dénes Várjon (piano) • conductor: Iván Fischer

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About the concert

Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3, Op.37
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor

We will be opening with the flautists’ favourite, Bach’s Orchestral Suite in B minor, before hearing a stunning work born through considerable labour pains: Rachmaninoff’s movie soundtrack-evoking Symphony No. 2, and a masterful piano concerto of Beethoven.

“This is a sacred piece for flautists,” says Iván Fischer about the BFO’s final piece by Bach this season, his Orchestral Suite No. 2, which Fischer will be conducting. The fast-moving, glimmering work gives soloists the perfect opportunity to display their technical brilliance, while retaining its grace, delicacy, and charm. Bach did not think much of music as entertainment, but he found inspiration in dance music as can best be seen in his orchestral suites.

Beethoven composed his Third Piano Concerto in 1800, but it did not assume its final form until 1803. This concerto in three movements, in the composer’s beloved C minor key, is based upon a true dialogue between solo instrument and orchestra, an equal and balanced relationship. The work was premièred on 5th April 1803 in Vienna, alongside two other Beethoven compositions, the oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives and Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2. The composer dedicated the first edition of 1804 to the Prussian Prince Louis Ferdinand. The soloist of the composition is Dénes Várjon.

One of the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s most successful CDs contains the latter composer’s Symphony No. 2 (1906–7), a piece also conceived under trying circumstances. Following the poor reviews of his First symphony, the composer fell into a depression which only the success of his Second would heal. While ‘talkie’ films were well established by the time this romantic piece premièred, it is widely regarded as having the impact of a movie soundtrack.

We would like to inform you about a programme change for the upcoming concerts on 21, 22 and 23 January. We are sorry to announce that due to health reasons, Radu Lupu will not be able to take part at the concerts. Instead of Robert Schumann’s piano concerto in A minor, the BFO will perform Beethoven’s piano concerto in C minor with the solo of Dénes Várjon who gained huge success with this piece at the recent New York tour with the orchestra. Thank you for your understanding.