Murray Perahia Plays Beethoven

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Date

03.1.2018

Wednesday 20:00

Hall

Lowy Concert Hall

Venue

Charles Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv

Venue

Charles Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv

Hall

Lowy Concert Hall

Artists

Murray Perahia, conductor and pianist 

Concert Program

Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 4

Schumann: Symphony no. 2

Event Info

For the premiere of his Piano Concerto no. 4, Beethoven asked two pianists to learn the new work, but both were apprehensive and ultimately refused. The composer had been dissatisfied by a performance of his third concerto, and so Beethoven himself performed his new work, the fourth concerto, for almost two years.
Beethoven broke new ground with his fourth concerto. In his first three concertos, he emphasized structural and technical elements in the tradition of Haydn and Mozart. Here, more emotional involvement is required of the soloist; romanticism is in full swing. He surprised the audience: the soloist opens the work instead of the orchestra, a major innovation! And another innovation: as with Symphony no. 5 and his Concerto for Violin, Beethoven repeated the same notes a number of times in the opening.

“Mr. Schumann, are you also a musician?” was a question Robert Schumann often heard when he accompanied his wife on tour, for Clara Schumann was a renowned pianist in 19th century Europe. Immediately upon the couple’s return to Leipzig, Schumann sat down to compose Symphony no. 2, which reflected his mental and physical state at the time. Schumann suffered from insomnia, panic attacks, depression and breakdowns. “I wrote the symphony in the midst of great anguish. I can certainly say that the work is the product of my battle with my mental health and, through it, I overcame the illness.” This is evident in the last movement, “this is the only movement in the work where I felt I was myself again.” The result – a thrilling combination of melancholia, poetry and gaiety.

Murray Perahia, who is well-known to Israeli audiences as an illustrious pianist and interpreter of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Liszt, brings his trademark qualities – seriousness, sensitivity, refinement and poetry – to the conductor’s podium. With this  program we can relish these same musical attributes that Mr. Perahia brings to the stage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price Range

180-550 nis

Duration

approx. 90 minutes including intermission

Duration

approx. 90 minutes including intermission

Price range

180-550 nis

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