Glinka / Chopin / Rachmaninoff, London Philharmonic
With a programme made up of works by three undoubted musical maestros, Mikhail Glinka, Frédéric Chopin and Sergey Rachmaninoff, this concert will be performed by the splendid London Philharmonic Orchestra at Vienna's Konzerthaus on 19 December. Playing in the Great Hall of this remarkable musical institution, the orchestra will accompany the talented, young pianist Jan Lisiecki. Under the baton of the sought-after Vladimir Jurowski, who has been the orchestra's Principal Conductor since September 2007, the programme will begin with Glinka's Valse-Fantaisie in B minor.
The evening will continue with a performance of Chopin's ever-popular Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11. With Lisiecki taking on the often demanding keyboard duties, this piece will then proceed to a rendition of Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13, by Rachmaninoff. Jan Lisiecki is of Polish extraction but was born in Canada in 1995. He made his concert debut at the age of nine and first gained substantial international acclaim in 2010, when the Fryderyk Chopin Institute released a recording of his piano concertos. These pieces had been performed live by Lisiecki when he was aged just 13 and 14. Since then, the skilful young pianist has gone on to perform at the main auditorium of the Carnegie Hall in New York and won the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. In 2013, he was named Young Artist of the Year by the prestigious Gramophone magazine.
Perhaps one of the world's most reputable and loved orchestras, the London Philharmonic is well-known for its TV and film work as well as being a high-class performing ensemble. Founded in 1932 by Sir Thomas Beecham, the orchestra has been led by many luminaries in the past, such as Bernard Haitink, Sir Adrian Boult and Sir Georg Solti. The ensemble has run its own recording label since 2005, which has now released in excess of 90 separate recordings. The interpretive prowess of the orchestra, along with an up-and-coming star of the piano, mean that this concert is not one to be missed by anyone who takes delight in music.
- Valse-Fantaisie in B minor
- Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
- Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13