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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major – Conrad Tao, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin

Ο Λούντβιχ βαν Μπετόβεν έγραψε το Κοντσέρτο για πιάνο αρ. 1 μεταξύ των ετών 1796 και 1797. Παρότι είναι το πρώτο κοντσέρτο για πιάνο του συνθέτη το οποίο εκδόθηκε, στην πραγματικότητα αποτελεί την τρίτη κατά σειρά συνθετική του απόπειρα στο συγκεκριμένο είδος. Το έργο περιέχει σαφείς αναφορές στο στυλ γραφής των Χάυντν και Μότσαρτ, εντοπίζονται ωστόσο σε αυτό στοιχεία χαρακτηριστικά της μουσικής προσωπικότητας του Μπετόβεν, όπως για παράδειγμα οι αιφνίδιες μεταβολές στην αρμονία και οι αντιθέσεις. Το έργο παρουσιάστηκε το 1798 στην Πράγα με σολίστ στο πιάνο τον ίδιο τον συνθέτη.

Το Κοντσέρτο για πιάνο αρ. 1 σε Ντο μείζονα, έργο 15 του Λούντβιχ βαν Μπετόβεν ερμηνεύει ο – εικοσιδύο χρόνων σήμερα – ταλαντούχος Αμερικανός (κινεζικής καταγωγής) πιανίστας και συνθέτης Conrad Tao. Τη Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα του Ντιτρόιτ διευθύνει ο διάσημος Αμερικανός μαέστρος Λέοναρντ Σλάτκιν.

Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15, was written during 1796 and 1797. Dedicated to his pupil Countess of Bratislava, Anna Louise Barbara ("Babette") Keglevics, its first performance was in Prague in 1798, with Beethoven himself playing the piano. Although this was Beethoven's first piano concerto to be published, it was, in fact, his third attempt at the genre, following an unpublished piano concerto in E flat major (not to be confused with Beethoven's more famous "Emperor" concerto, also in E flat) and the Piano Concerto No.2, published after Piano Concerto No.1 (in 1801) but composed almost ten years earlier.

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

♪ Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 (1796-1997)

i. Allegro con brio
ii. Largo
iii. Rondo. Allegro scherzando

Conrad Tao, piano

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Leonard Slatkin

Detroit, Orchestra Hall, October 11, 2013 (11 Οκτωβρίου 2013)

(HD 720p)

Πρώτη δημοσίευση: 26 Αυγούστου 2015 – First publication: August 26, 2015
Τελευταία ενημέρωση: 30 Αυγούστου 2016 – Last update: August 30, 2016

Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, and has been dubbed a musician of "probing intellect and open-hearted vision" by the New York Times, a "thoughtful and mature composer" by NPR, and "ferociously talented" by Time Out New York. In June of 2011, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the Department of Education named Tao a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded him a YoungArts gold medal in music. Later that year, Tao was named a Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation. In May of 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

During the 2015-2016 season, Tao performs with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Brazilian Symphony, and Calgary Philharmonic, among others; he also performs recitals in Europe and throughout the United States with repertoire ranging from Bach to Frederic Rzewski to Rachmaninoff to Julia Wolfe. Past notable symphonic engagements have included the San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Toronto Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, and Nashville Symphony. Tao maintains a close relationship with the Aspen Music Festival, and has appeared at the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Brevard Music Center, Ravinia Festival, and Mostly Mozart Festival.

In June of 2013, Tao kicked off the inaugural Unplay Festival at the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn, which he curated and produced. The festival, designated a "critics' pick" by Time Out New York and hailed by the New York Times for its "clever organization" and "endlessly engaging" performances, featured Conrad with guest artists performing a wide variety of new works. Across three nights encompassing electroacoustic music, performance art, youth ensembles, and much more, Unplay explored the fleeting ephemera of the Internet, the possibility of a 21st-century canon, and music's role in social activism and critique. That month, Tao, a Warner Classics recording artist, also released Voyages, his first full-length for the label, declared a "spiky debut" by the New Yorker's Alex Ross. Of the album, NPR wrote: "Tao proves himself to be a musician of deep intellectual and emotional means – as the thoughtful programming on this album... proclaims". His next album, Pictures, which slots works by David Lang, Toru Takemitsu, Elliott Carter, and Tao himself alongside Mussorgsky's familiar and beloved Pictures at an Exhibition, will be released in October, 2015.

Tao's career as composer has garnered an eight consecutive ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and the Carlos Surinach Prize from BMI. In the 2013-2014 season, while serving as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's artist-in-residence, Tao premiered his orchestral composition, The world is very different now. Commissioned in observance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the work was described by the New York Times as "shapely and powerful". Most recently, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia commissioned a new work for piano, orchestra, and electronics, An Adjustment, which received its premiere in September 2015 with Tao at the piano. The Philadelphia Inquirer declared the piece abundant in "compositional magic", a "most imaginative [integration of] spiritual post-Romanticism and '90s club music".

Tao was born in Urbana, Illinois, in 1994. He has studied piano with Emilio del Rosario in Chicago and Yoheved Kaplinsky in New York, and composition with Christopher Theofanidis.


Δείτε επίσης – Watch also

Conrad Tao: Voyages – Meredith Monk, Sergei Rachmaninov, Maurice Ravel, Conrad Tao (Download)

Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor – Conrad Tao, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta (HD 1080p)


Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor – Kit Armstrong, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Kent Nagano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major – Maurizio Pollini, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Danielle Pollini (HD 1080p)

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