Alexander Gavrylyuk made his acclaimed first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in May 2010 performing Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto. He has since been invited to return to the orchestra several times. It’s high time he shows off his brilliant technique in Prokofiev’s First Piano Concerto, a work fitting the description ‘short and sweet’ to a T, but which is rarely heard.
Pietari Inkinen, who is conducting the orchestra for the first time, opens the concert with juxtaposes with Stravinsky’s early Funeral Song. Strawinsky wrote the colourful work shorly upon the death of his teacher Rimsky-Korsakov in 1908. Only in the fall of 2016 was the work rediscovered in the vaults of the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
Two equally colourful works by Hungarian compoisers complete the programme. Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra seems to encapsulate his entire œuvre. Kurtág’s Petite musique solennelle, which is being performed for the first time in the Netherlands and commemorates Pierre Boulez’s ninetieth birthday in 2015, is an iridescent work which showcases the horn and percussion sections.
In collaboration with Holland Festival.