- Dances of Galánta
- Piano Concerto No. 1
- Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)
- Andrés Orozco-Estrada
- Barry Douglas
The Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra is one of the most distinguished orchestras on the Austrian music scene and tonight they perform a stunning programme of classical masterpieces. Barry Douglas’ career was launched in 1986 when he won the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition held in Moscow, the first non-Russian to do so in nearly 30 years. He plays Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto, an extraordinarily accomplished work, written while the composer was still a teenager.
Kodály’s childhood, in the small town of Galánta in particular, was steeped in the folk music of his native Hungary, and as a mature composer and scholar of Hungarian music was still as entranced by these tunes to compose his exquisite Dances of Galánta 50 years later.
After the interval the orchestra performs one of Beethoven’s most popular symphonies, his Sixth. Known as the Pastoral, it reflects Beethoven’s love of nature and is one of his very few programmatic works. The Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra has the Viennese tradition running in its very blood and this performance will undoubtedly be unmissable.
Part of Zurich International Orchestra Series 2013-14.