B2 Vondráček plays Brahms

20. 01. 2022
19:00 p.m.
Dům kultury města Ostravy
from 190 CZK

Johannes Brahms
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B major, Op. 83

Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93


Lukáš Vondráček – piano
Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava
Vassily Sinaisky – the chief conductor of JPO


Brahms and Shostakovich. Two giants who undeniably helped music to evolve further and become better. And two world-renowned performers, the chief conductor of the JPO Vassily Sinaisky and the residential soloist Lukáš Vondráček, who find new messages in the composers’ sheet music.

In his Piano Concerto No. 2, Brahms did not prepare any virtuoso passages for the soloist just for the sake of having them there, the difficulty of the concerto lies in understanding the music itself while maintaining the extraordinary technical difficulty. The concerto is very long considering the period in which it was composed. Hence why it was somewhat ignored by pianists and why it remains a challenge for every soloist even today.

The composition of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 was preceded by an important historical event – the death of J. V. Stalin in 1953. The first sketches were presumably already being written still in the time of Stalin’s terror. “I depicted Stalin in my next symphony, the Tenth. I wrote it right after Stalin’s death and no one has yet guessed what the symphony is about. It is about Stalin and the Stalin years. The second part, the scherzo, is a musical portrait of Stalin, roughly speaking.” In the third movement, the author works with two musical motifs – with his own initials DSCH (which he used in his other pieces as well) and with the name of Elmira Nazirova (E La MI Re A), who was his student at the time.