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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No.7 in F major – Arthur and Lucas Jussen, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Markus Stenz (HD 1080p)

Arthur and Lucas Jussen perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No.7 in F major

Accompanied by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (Radio Filharmonisch Orkest), Dutch pianist brothers Arthur and Lucas Jussen perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No.7 in F major, K.242*. The work is nicknamed "Lodron" because it was commissioned by Countess Antonia Lodron (1738-1780), a friend of the composer, to be played with her two daughters Aloysia and Giuseppa. Conductor: Markus Stenz. Recorded live at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, on September 23, 2016. Encore: piano arrangement of Mozart's Symphony No.40 in G minor, K.550.

* In 1776, Mozart composed three piano concertos, one of which was the Concerto No.7 in F major, K.242, for three pianos and orchestra. He originally finished it in February 1776 for three pianos; however, when he eventually recomposed it for himself and another pianist in 1780 in Salzburg, he rearranged it for two pianos, and that is how the piece is often performed today. The Concerto is scored for 2 oboes, 2 horns, 3 or 2 solo pianos and strings.

Οι Ολλανδοί αδελφοί Arthur and Lucas Jussen ερμηνεύουν το Κοντσέρτο για πιάνο αρ. 7 σε Φα μείζονα, K.242, στην εκδοσή για δύο πιάνα, του Βόλφγκανγκ Αμαντέους Μότσαρτ. Το έργο πήρε την ονομασία "Lodron", επειδή ανατέθηκε στον συνθέτη από τη φίλη του, κόμισσα Antonia Lodron (1738-1780), με σκοπό να το παρουσιάσει με τις δύο κόρες της, Aloysia και Giuseppa. Τη Φιλαρμονική Ορχήστρα της Ραδιοφωνίας της Ολλανδίας διευθύνει ο διακεκριμένος Γερμανός μαέστρος Markus Stenz. Η συναυλία δόθηκε στο TivoliVredenburg στην Ουτρέχτη, στις 23 Σεπτεμβρίου 2016. Στο encore οι αδελφοί Jussen ερμηνεύουν ένα απόσπασμα από τη Συμφωνία αρ. 40 σε Σολ ελάσσονα, K.550, του Μότσαρτ, σε μεταγραφή για δύο πιάνα.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

♪ Piano Concerto No.7 in F major, K.242 "Lodron" [version for two pianos] (1776, 1780)

ii. Adagio
iii. Rondo. Tempo di minuetto

Arthur Jussen, piano
Lucas Jussen, piano

Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
Conductor: Markus Stenz

TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, September 23, 2016

(HD 1080p)

Arthur and Lucas Jussen (Photo by Peter van der Heyden)

Lucas and Arthur received their first piano lessons from Leny Bettman in their native town of Hilversum. In 2001, Lucas (b. 1993) reached the finale of the Three-day Rotterdam Piano Festival and in 2004, Arthur (b. 1996) was chosen as "Young Musical Talent of the Year" at the National Contest of the Young Musical Talent Foundation. In 2005, the brothers studied in Portugal and Brazil for nearly a year at the invitation of Portuguese master pianist Maria João Pires. In the following years they took lessons from both Pires and two renowned Dutch teachers: Piano pedagogue Jan Wijn took them under his wing, and with Ton Hartsuiker they broadened their knowledge of 20th-century music. In 2011, Lucas and Arthur received the first ever Concertgebouw Young Talent Award, and in 2013 they won the Audience Award of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Lucas and Arthur have performed with nearly all Dutch orchestras, among which the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam and The Hague Philharmonic orchestras, and the Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra. They have also performed with acclaimed international orchestras, among others the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, MDR Sinfonie Orchester and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. They have worked with conductors for example Jaap van Zweden, Claus Peter Flor, Elihu Inbal, Jan Willem de Vriend, Stéphane Denève, James Gaffigan, Sir Neville Marriner and Frans Brüggen. Moreover, they have collaborated with several renowned musicians such as Chinese star pianist Lang Lang, with whom Lucas shared the stage during the Prinsengracht Concert in Amsterdam in 2006. In October 2013, Lucas and Arthur performed the world première of Together, a work for two pianos written for them especially by Theo Loevendie.

Besides their orchestral concerts, the brothers are also known and celebrated for their recitals. They performed in both the Master Pianists and Robeco series of the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and have performed for the former Dutch queen Beatrix on several occasions. In 2014, Lucas and Arthur accompanied Dutch king Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima on their first official visit to Poland. They have performed in most concert halls in the Netherlands and have given recitals in concert halls and festivals across Europe, such as the Herkulessaal (Munich), Schloss Elmau, Rheingau Music Festival and the famous Festival de Piano de La Roque d'Anthéron. International tours also brought them beyond Europe to Japan (2012), China (2013) and South Korea (2014).

In 2010, Lucas and Arthur signed a record deal with Deutsche Grammophon. Their debut CD with works by Beethoven received platinum status and was awarded the Edison Klassiek Publieksprijs (audience award). After a successful Schubert recording (gold status), they dedicated their third CD Jeux to French piano music, with works by Fauré, Ravel and Poulenc. In October 2015, their fourth CD will be released on which they perform Mozart's piano concertos K.365 and K.242, together with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner.

Lucas studied with Menahem Pressler in the US and Dmitri Bashkirov at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid, where he was presented with the prize for "Best piano trio school year 2013/2014" by the Spanish queen Sofia. Arthur studies with Jan Wijn at the Amsterdam Conservatory.


Lucas and Arthur Jussen

See also

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major – Arthur Jussen, Radio Kamer Filharmonie, Frans Brüggen

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