Laura Netzel’s Piano Concerto
The Great American Symphony and a sensational find from 1897. Ryan Bancroft conducts Symphony No. 3 by Aaron Copland and Peter Friis Johansson is the soloist in Laura Netzel’s Piano Concerto.
About the video
- Published online 6 November 2022.
- Filmed 27 October 2022.
- The video is approximately one hour and 40 minutes.
- Subtitles in English and Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.
The romantic music of Laura Netzel (1839–1927) received extensive attention in the nineteenth century, especially in France, where she studied with the acclaimed Charles-Marie Widor. But she was born in Finland and grew up in Stockholm. When she composed the piano concerto in the early twentieth century, she was one of Sweden’s most successful composers internationally.
Laura Netzel broke new ground with the piano concerto, both for herself and for female composers in Sweden. But when the manuscript was found, it was missing the end of the third movement. Pianist Peter Friis Johansson completed the concerto in partnership with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s cellist Klas Gagge, and performed the piece in its entirety for the first time together with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra in 2020.
Here, we hear him once again in Netzel’s sumptuous, sometimes breathtakingly beautiful and masterful piano concerto. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra is led by its Chief Conductor Designate, the award-winning American Ryan Bancroft – who also conducted the performance in Norrköping.
Aaron Copland began composing his third symphony towards the end of World War II. His starting point was to compose the ‘great American symphony’ – music that contained powerful emotions of hope and joy, as well as worry about the future when the war was over. This music is manifestly lyrical, with a strong and heroically jubilant finale.
Laura Netzel Piano Concerto in e minor
Interview with Ryan Bancroft and Peter Friis Johansson
Aaron Copland Symphony No. 3 Symphony No. 3
Encore: Bo Linde Preludio from Divertimento
Encore: Hugo Alfvén Gånglåt from Four Melodies from Leksand
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Ryan Bancroft conductor
Peter Friis Johansson piano
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