Concerto for the left hand
Mägi, Ravel and Rachmaninoff – French conductor Lionel Bringuier makes his debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Denis Kozhukhin is the piano soloist.
Sunday 23 January 2022 19.00
About the video
- Published online 23 January 2022.
- Filmed 13 January 2022.
- The video is approximately two hours.
Pianist Denis Kozhukhin combines technical skill, a mature musicality, and the ability to reach the audience through music. This is also why he is in unbelievably high demand as a concert pianist. In recent seasons, he has performed with leading orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Oslo Philharmonic. He performed with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017, when he played Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto.
Now he presents Ravel’s celebrated concerto for left hand, composed for pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm in World War I. Wittgenstein developed a phenomenal technique with his left hand and commissioned works by numerous composers, including Richard Strauss, Benjamin Britten and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
Before the Ravel concerto, we will hear a piece by Estonian Ester Mägi, who passed away in 2021 at the age of 99. She would have turned 100 years old in January 2022. Over time, her music has garnered increasing international attention. Vesper for String Orchestra was composed in 1990 (revised in 1998) and is a tender-hearted and melodic piece of music. As is often the case in her work, one detects the inspiration of folk music.
French conductor Lionel Bringuier makes his debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, replacing Dalia Stasevska at short notice. He already travelled extensively across the globe at the invitation of orchestras and opera houses. He serves as Artiste Associé in his home town Nice with Opéra de Nice. He most recently, 2014–18, served as Music Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, and he has a close relationship with for instance the Los Angeles Philharmonic since more than a decade.
Here, Bringuier leads the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3. The third symphony begins with a melodic signature that recurs in various forms through each movement. The music bears many of Rachmaninoff’s musical traits, such as heartfelt melodies, powerful intensification and romantic passion.
Ester Mägi Vesper for string orchestra
Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto for left hand
Intermission: a conversation with the artists
Serge Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Lionel Bringuier conductor
Denis Kozhukhin piano
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