In 1868 the only 25 year old Edvard Grieg spends his summer with his wife, Nina and his two months old daughter, Alexandra in Søllerød, Denmark. This is where he starts working on his Piano Concerto in a minor which he finishes by spring. For the world premiere in Copenhagen the piano virtuoso Anton Rubinstein presents his own grand piano to the soloist Edmund Neupert. In the royal loge there sits the art-loving Danish queen, Louise, and the audience gives the young composer an unremitting celebration. Grieg’s only finished Piano Concerto is played by Balázs Fülei with the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra at the Kodály Centre on the 4th of February, conducted by András Vass.
”EVERYBODY IN THEIR OWN WAYS…
… sometimes like this, sometimes like that” is the title of the 4th and also last program of The Piano on the Focus, at the Bartók Memorial House, on the 9th of February. This time Balázs Fülei is showing the ”road forks” − those decision situations that accompany the path the pianist and a work of art shares from learning the piece up until the concert itself.
”These songs have touched me more than anything has ever before, and you’ll see, they will touch you too” − the words of Schubert recalled by Josef von Spaun from the night when the close circle of friends listened to the comfortless and gloomy songs of Winterreise for the first time. The composer already noticed the poems of Wilhelm Müller 3 years before − he was inspired by the world of Die Schöne Müllerin − and in 1827, one year before his death he discovered the 24 poems of the Winter Journey which he immidiately started to work with. According to his poet friend, Johann Mayrhofer: Schubert felt the mood of the Müller-poems so close to himself because by that time the frosty winter has eternally taken over his own life too. The Winter Journey is going to be performed by Zoltán Megyesi and Balázs Fülei at the 6th studio of the Hungarian Radio on the 13th of February.
DEEP DEEP WELLS
Connecting − to a mood, a piece, a composer, musicians, the audience. With Balázs Fülei we were talking about the many, differently deep attunements and effects that help a performance to be born.
Read the interview here.
A MOZART CONCERTO
WITH THOMAS SANDERLING
Balázs Fülei plays W. A. Mozart's Piano Concerto in A major, KV 488 with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Sanderling. Play video
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