Rudolf Buchbinder plays Grieg

רודולף בוכבינדר

Date

22.7.2018

Sunday 21:00

Hall

Lowy Concert Hall

Venue

Charles R. Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv

Venue

Charles R. Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv

Hall

Lowy Concert Hall

Artists

Karl-Heinz Steffens, conductor 

Rudolf Buchbinder, pianist 

Nir Erez, trombonist 

Concert Program

Ferdinand David: Trombone Concerto

Grieg: Piano Concerto

Dvořák: Symphony no. 9 (“New World”)

 

Event Info

The crescendo in the timpani and the repeated, falling motif in the piano at the start of Grieg's Piano Concerto make for one of the most famous openings in the repertoire. Musicologists have tried to discern whether there are autobiographical elements here, and others have described the evocation of nature, expression of exposed feelings, hints of religious chorals, and echoes of the Norwegian folk melodies which are found throughout. Musicologist Risten Yoll said: "Anyone with a sense for melody will feel the magic of Grieg's music, and anyone who has a sense for Norway will feel the special character of the music." Grieg is Norway; this music is synonymous with nature, light, landscapes and folk culture.  More than this: his music is personal; it is the embodiment of Norwegian dialect. There is no doubt that legendary Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, the “gentleman of the piano,” will embody this music and convey its essence to the audience.

Did Native American and African American music influence Dvořák, who lived in New York for three years, thus bringing original American music to the concert stage? One quote from the well-known African American spiritual "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" is objective evidence. The rest is debatable. Some people are convinced that Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World," contains American folk elements. Others contest that we actually hear Dvořák’s native Slavic music, for which he felt nostalgic while abroad in New York. Dvořák himself seemed amused by the attempts to turn his work into an American statement.

This debate is dwarfed by the great power of the symphony itself: the beauty of its ideas and the richness of the orchestral sound produced in every movement and even in each individual chord. The impressive musical attributes of the work alone—without taking into consideration the multi-cultural elements—put it in its rightful place in the symphonic canon, where it will surely remain for the next hundred years.

Price Range

180-550 nis

Duration

approx. 120 minutes including intermission

Duration

approx. 120 minutes including intermission

Price range

180-550 nis

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