Mathilde Wantenaar composed her Rhapsody for Piano and Strings specifically for Daria van den Bercken and Britten Sinfonia, as an answer to Bach’s fifth Brandenburg Concerto. The world’s oldest and very youngest piano concerto on a single night – the Piano Biennial has commenced!
In our time, artists are expected to find their own financiers, and increasingly becoming like entrepreneurs. That’s why the Piano Biennial 2023 presents two brilliant piano concertos that are not only exceptional in the musical sense, but also have unique origin stories. They tell stories of art and money, of two fickle personalities. Prokofiev and Mozart each drove a hard bargain, negotiating with their clients about the cost of beauty. Two piano concertos whose remarkable origins raise questions about how we should express the value of art. Like so many artists, these two genius composers were by no means financially comfortable.
Artistic matters can concern cold hard cash. Tonight, Hans Dagelet will deliver an artistic monologue about entrepreneurship, beneficiaries and starving artists, written by Willem de Wolf.
Genius composers require genius pianists. Yeol Eum Son is not only extremely popular in her home country of South Korea, but also conquered hearts across the globe with her remarkable playing. Tonight she will be performing Mozart’s Jeunehomme. Abdel Rahman el Bacha, born in Lebanon, won the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1978, after which the world lay at his 19-year-old feet. An impressive career followed. He has stayed true to his renowned heartfelt style, and tonight the masterful pianist will play Prokofiev.
Who are you going to see?
Sergej Prokofjev – Piano Concerto No. 4 in B-flat, op. 53
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat ‘Jeunehomme’, KV271
Phion, o.l.v. Erik Desimpelaere
Yeol Eum Son, piano
Abdel Rahman El Bacha, piano
Hans Dagelet, actor
Willem de Wolf, author
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