La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra – Alain Altinoglu director – Nareh Arghamanyan piano
Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe, S. 512 Franz Liszt
Piano concerto no. 2, S. 125 Franz Liszt
Concerto for orchestra, Sz. 116 Béla Bartók
Béla Bartók, speaking of Franz Liszt, described ‘... an astonishing audaciousness, in both form and content. This boldness is quite simply the fanatical tendency towards the new, the unusual.’ The audaciousness that Bartók appreciated in the music of his compatriot is equally characteristic of his own style. Two opposite, but related poles: one an extrovert Romantic, ‘inventor’ of the symphonic poem and the most renowned keyboard virtuoso of the 19th century, who was equally at home with intimacy; the other the introverted classicist par excellence, a 20th-century modernist, an inventive wizard with the orchestra with a taste for orchestral explosions. The Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 and a symphonic poem by Liszt and the Concerto for Orchestra by Bartók are played during this concert with music by two of Hungary’s most important composers. Alain Altinoglu will be in his element in these masterpieces from the grand repertoire.