Prizewinning Young Pianists

אריה ורדי

Date

09.3.2018

Friday 11:00

Hall

Lowy Concert Hall

Venue

Charles R. Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv

Venue

Charles R. Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv

Hall

Lowy Concert Hall

Artists

Arie Vardi, conductor and pianist 

Maxim Lando, pianist 

Harmony Zhu, pianist 

Yoav Levanon, pianist 

Concert Program

Bach: Concerto in C minor for two pianos

Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 2

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 2

Event Info

On Israel’s 69th Independence Day, Arieh Vardi was awarded the Israel Prize. The citation for the most prestigious prize awarded by the State of Israel to scientists, artists, writers, sportsmen and individuals who contributed to various sectors of Israeli life noted that Vardi was awarded the prize for his work as an artist, performer, culture promoter through television programs such as “Intermezzo” and, primarily, as a world-renowned piano teacher. It would take too long to cite the names of all his students, Israeli and foreign, many of whom went on to become leading musicians in Israel and across the world. It should be noted that out of the hundreds of students who studied with Vardi – who will lead from the conductor’s podium and the keyboard a unique concert where all his soloists are outstanding students – no less than 50 (!) were awarded first prize at international piano competitions in Israel and around the world. The magic of a concert where the soloists are young prizewinners is that the spectators will be able to say later on: “I was at that first important concert.” The conductor of such a concert is not just a conductor but the “adult in charge” with all that this phrase implies.

 

In terms of the works themselves: in Bach’s Double Keyboard Concerto, one can hear motifs which Bach included subsequently in his cantatas. One can discern sophisticated use of the various parts of the keyboard – the middle and right side whose tones are higher – and a dialogue of partnership between the strings and the soloists.  

 

Beethoven’s Concerto No. 2 was in fact the composer’s first important orchestral work. It is entitled Concerto No. 2 only because it was published after the first. The fact that it was an early work can be seen in the clear influence of Mozart and Haydn. There is also a distinct contrast, in the work, between the rousing and contemplative sides and this contrast is present in all three movements. It represented a milestone for Beethoven and influenced his later works.

 

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 was conceived after the young composer suffered from a period of writer’s block and underwent hypnotherapy. The treatment revived his ability to compose and its success resulted in the concerto. It is for this reason that Rachmaninoff dedicated the work to his physician.  The concerto captured the audience in its first version and it also captured the song-world when, in 1946, Frank Sinatra adapted the music in his hit song “Full Moon and Empty Arms.”  The violas and oboe play the theme which became the hit song. A beautiful, romantic concerto which testifies to the will power of its creator.

 

 

 

 

Price Range

170 - 490 NIS

Duration

approx 90 minutes, no intermission

Duration

approx 90 minutes, no intermission

Price range

170 - 490 NIS

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