Orchestre de Radio France_Rudolf Buchbinder_Palace Hall_10.09

Palace Grand Hall
Series "Great Orchestras"
Schostakovici – Ballet Suite no. 3
Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini op. 43
Tchaikovsky – Symphony no. 5 in e minor op. 64
......Last night I enjoyed the concert very much. I wanted to hear more so I went again. The Ballet Suite is beautiful. And the orchestra played it with passion and joy. As it should be.
.....I expected more from the concert. This Rhapsody is beautiful. I wanted for the soloist to share with us the feeling, to create a certain atmosphere. But I couldn't feel anything. Just a right rendering of the score. I little bit too flat, without involvement. And there were certain moments when he rushed and left the orchestra behind. They're too good to have problems so everything ended well. I enjoyed more the encore. It was "The Bat" (Fladermous) by Strauss, a transcription for piano. But I came home and looked for this piece on Youtube. Look what I found. Lang Lang's renderind of the same piece. I came to the conclusion that this one was as flat as the concert.

......I was waiting for the symphony. When playing with the soloist, the orchestra pays attention not to get over him/her. But during the symphony they can show what they can do. And they did it sooooo well. There were amazing moments and the end was glorious. The endings at Tchaikovsky are as long as the ones at Beethoven. You think it's over but there are two more pages left. Up and down, up and down, strings, brass, percussion, everybody contribute to the boom. Great! Tonight the Palace Hall was packed. I think those who were there last night told the other what they have missed. And the big crowd gathered again. Lots of ovations in the end. And the reward was as beautiful as the concert. The encore was Edvard Grieg's "Last Spring", one of the elegies he wrote for orchestra.

......Rudolf Buchbinder - with five years of age the youngest student ever to be admitted to the Vienna Musik Hochschule - began his comprehensive musical career as chamber musician. In the meantime, he performed as soloist with all great orchestras and conductors all over the world and is regular guest at the Salzburger Festspiele and all other major festivals.Rudolf Buchbinder's repertoire is extensive and includes numerous 20th century compositions. He attaches considerable importance to the meticulous work of the study of sources. He disposes of more than 18 complete editions of Beethoven's Sonatas and has an extensive collection of first editions and original documents.
...... For the outstanding recording of the complete piano work by Joseph Haydn, he received the "Grand Prix du disque". Meanwhile, Rudolf Buchbinder prefers live-recordings. His cycle of all Mozart piano concertos with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, live recorded at the Vienna Konzerthaus, was acclaimed by the famous critic Joachim Kaiser as CD of the year 1998. In the Johann- Strauss-Year 1999, Buchbinder released an exceptional CD of piano-transcriptions entitled "Waltzing Strauss". Buchbinder's latest hallmarks of live-recordings represent both Brahms piano-concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt and all five Beethoven piano-concertos with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra as soloist and conductor.
...... Since 2007 Rudolf Buchbinder is the Artistic Director of the Grafenegg Festival. In his spare time, Buchbinder is interested in literature as well as in fine arts and whenever there is an opportunity between rehearsals and concert tours, he enjoys himself as an impassioned amateur painter.

Mr Buchbinder and the conductor, Dimitrij Kitajenko

.....Here Rachmaninov plays himself the Rhapsody. So, any difference?

And now the ending I was talking about earlier. Two renderings.
1. Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Herbert von Karajan in 1973

2. Leonard Bernstein conducting

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  1. La fel am simtit concertul de aseara, insa nu articulam nici macar mental asa de clar ca tine! Si nici n-am recunoscut encore-ul, a trebuit sa-l intreb pe un muzician din orchestra ce-au cintat...

  2. Multumesc pentru comentariu. Ne vedem in serile urmatoare.

  3. Dupa prima seara cu Kitajenko aveam o parere buna despre abilitatile orchestrei franceze dar nu am fost impresionat de loc de spectacol.

    Insa a doua seara parca a fost total opusa. Totul a fost superb. Am plecat intr-o stare exuberanta. Ce orchestra! Si Buchbinder a fost extraordinar. O sa-l urmaresc pe tuburi de acum. Thx for the videos.

  4. Cu placere. Pianistul cred ca poate mult mai mult decat a aratat in aceasta seara. Cel putin din punct de vedere interpretativ. Corectitudinea nu o conteasta ni meni cred.