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Symphony No 36 ‘Linz’, K425 (26’)
Keyboard Concerto in D, Hob XVIII (18’)
Piano Concerto in A minor (32’)
PIOTR ANDERSZEWSKI – Director / Piano
ALEXANDER JANICZEK – Director / Violin
A double celebration! As we toast Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall in its 40th year, one of Mozart’s most festive symphonies opens the evening with a flourish.
Pianist Piotr Anderszewski marks his 50th birthday with a pair of magnificent piano concertos. Haydn is in high spirits throughout his concerto – he opens with the kind of tune that puts a spring in your step, and closes in Hungarian style, with a brilliant tour de force, flashing with fireworks. In contrast, Schumann’s is perhaps the most poetic of all piano concertos: a searching, passionate, Romantic masterpiece.
Few violinists working today can equal the intellectual and musical breadth of artist Alexander Janiczek. “Spellbinding” (The Guardian), “truly astounding...a blistering performance” (The Herald), are typical of words with which the press attempt to describe both the heat of his skill on the instrument, and the deep-centered musicality that Janiczek brings to all his work.
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Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation. In recent seasons he has given recitals at London's Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall New York and the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg. His collaborations with orchestra have included appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago and London Symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Concertgebouw. He has also given many performances with chamber orchestra directing from the keyboard, most notably with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
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