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Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020) conducting his oratorio "Seven Gates of Jerusalem" at the Winter Palace, St Petersburg, in 2001. Photo by Dmitry Lovetsky

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor – Nelson Freire, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Claus Peter Flor

Brazilian classical pianist Nelson Freire performs Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54. Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Claus Peter Flor. The concert was recorded at Grote zaal van De Doelen in Rotterdam, on November 27, 2011.

The Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54, is a Romantic concerto by Robert Schumann, completed in 1845. The work premiered in Leipzig on January 1, 1846, with Clara Schumann playing the solo part. Ferdinand Hiller, the work's dedicatee, conducted.

Ο Νέλσον Φρέιρε ερμηνεύει το Κοντσέρτο για πιάνο σε Λα ελάσσονα, έργο 54 του Ρόμπερτ Σούμαν. Τη Φιλαρμονική Ορχήστρα του Ρότερνταμ διευθύνει ο πολύ γνωστός και σπουδαίος Γερμανός αρχιμουσικός Claus Peter Flor.

Το Κοντσέρτο για πιάνο σε Λα ελάσσονα, έργο 54 του Ρόμπερτ Σούμαν, ολοκληρώθηκε το 1845 κι έκανε πρεμιέρα στη Λειψία την 1η Ιανουαρίου 1846, με την Κλάρα Σούμαν στο πιάνο και διευθυντή ορχήστρας τον διαπρεπή Γερμανό συνθέτη, συγγραφέα και μαέστρο Ferdinand Hiller στον οποίο ο Σούμαν είχε αφιερώσει το έργο. 

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

♪ Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54 (1841-1845)

i. Allegro affetuoso
ii. Intermezzo – Andantino grazioso
iii. Allegro vivace

Nelson Freire, piano

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Claus Peter Flor

Grote zaal van De Doelen, Rotterdam, November 27, 2011

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First publication: November 10, 2013 – Last update: December 12, 2018

Born in October 1944 in Boa Esperança, a small town in the interior of Minas Gerais, Brazil, Nelson Freire made his first public appearance at age five with Mozart's Sonata in A major, K.331. His family, impressed by their son's precocious talent, moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he continued his studies under the guidance of two superlative teachers, Nise Obino and Lucia Branco. In 1957, after winning the Rio de Janeiro International Piano Competition with his performance of Beethoven's "Emperor" concerto (Guiomar Novaes was on the jury), the President of Brazil presented him with a grant which allowed him to study with Bruno Seidlhofer, teacher of Friedrich Gulda, in Vienna. Seven years later, Freire won the Dinu Lipatti Medal in London, as well as first prize at the International Vianna da Motta Competition in Lisbon.

His London début, at the age of 23, was praised by the press as a sensation, The Times calling him "The young lion of the keyboard". The following year, Time Magazine hailed him as "One of the most exciting pianists of this or any age" after his performances with the New York Philharmonic. Since then, over the past half century, Freire has performed in more than seventy countries worldwide, working with the most prestigious orchestras and conductors including Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Gergiev, Jochum, Kempe, Maazel, Masur, Ozawa and Zinman.

Nelson Freire has been an exclusive Decca artist for over a decade. In October 2014 he celebrates his 70th birthday with the first release in a new Beethoven concerto cycle with Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester (the "Emperor" coupled with the Sonata Op.111), re-uniting the 2007 Gramophone Record of the Year award-winning team of the Brahms Concertos. Also released is the Chopin F minor concerto with the Gurzenich Orchestra Köln under the brilliant young French conductor Lionel Bringuier and a 2CD set called "Radio Days": a special collection of concerto radio broadcasts from 1968-1979, including repertoire Freire has never recorded commercially, as well as his legendary Paris debut in Tchaikovsky's First Concerto with Masur in 1969.

Freire remains a relatively rare visitor to the recording studio and concert platform but his artistry continues to be celebrated as much as ever: "Few pianists alive convey the sheer joy and exhilaration of being masters of their craft more vividly and uncomplicatedly than Nelson Freire. Perhaps only his old friend and regular duo partner Martha Argerich is Freire's equal today as a player for whom dazzling technique is just a means to a musical end, never something to be flaunted for its own sake".

Source: The Guardian, May 2014

Ο Νέλσον Φρέιρε γεννήθηκε στις 18 Οκτωβρίου 1944 στην Boa Esperança, μια μικρή πόλη στην πολιτεία Minas Gerais της Βραζιλίας. Στα δάχτυλα του Νέλσον Φρέιρε τα έργα μετουσιώνονται σε κάτι τέλειο, ποιητικό και συγκινητικό. Με αυτά τα λόγια περιγράφεται το «φαινόμενο» Νέλσον Φρέιρε, σύμφωνα με την ομόφωνη γνώμη φιλόμουσου κοινού και κριτικών. Η διεθνής καριέρα του ξεκίνησε πολύ νωρίς, όταν μετά την εμφάνισή του στο Λονδίνο σε ηλικία μόλις 23 ετών, οι Times τον χαρακτήρισαν «Το νεαρό λιοντάρι του πιάνου». Την αμέσως επόμενη χρονιά ο Νέλσον Φρέιρε έκανε το ντεμπούτο του με τη Φιλαρμονική της Νέας Υόρκης και από τότε η φήμη του εξαπλώθηκε σε όλο τον κόσμο. Όλα αυτά τα χρόνια και μέχρι σήμερα ο Βραζιλιάνος πιανίστας έχει εμφανιστεί σε περισσότερες από 70 χώρες και έχει συνεργαστεί με κορυφαίους μαέστρους και με τις μεγαλύτερες ορχήστρες του κόσμου.

See also

Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor – Hélène Grimaud, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Thomas Hengelbrock

Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor – Jan Lisiecki, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor – Karen Sung, Stephen Lam Lik Hin

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