B4: Piano magician

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György Ligeti

Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 B-flat minor, Op. 23

Béla Bartók
The Miraculous Mandarin, suite from the ballet, Op. 19

Franz Liszt
Les Préludes


Federico Colli – piano
Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava
Risto Joost – conductor


This programme combines legendary examples of the use of the orchestra as a source of festive mood, stunning shine, and unbridled movement.
The Italian performance instruction ‘lontano’ translating as ‘far away’ or ‘distant’, describes the style in which this work is performed. Ligeti’s music has a distinctive character with an often eerie atmosphere created by layering very quiet sounds that build and eventually merge together. He creates gripping tension that is favored by film directors: Lontano has been used in films such as The Shining by Stanley Kubrick and Shutter Island by Martin Scorsese.
The Piano Concerto No. 1 in B minor Op. 23, was composed by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky between November 1874 and February 1875. It was revised in the summer of 1879 and again in December 1888. The first version received heavy criticism from Nikolai Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky’s desired pianist. Rubinstein later repudiated his previous accusations and became a fervent champion of the work. It is one of the most popular of Tchaikovsky’s compositions and among the best known of all piano concertos.
The Mandarin by Bartók provoked, at the time, by its story, the stage realization, and also by the overwhelming, explosive orchestral area. In Liszt’s Preludes, we encounter the term “symphonic poem” for the first time, but also one of the most popular music quotes.

Italian pianist Federico Colli (* 1988) is a sought-after performer on concert stages all over the world since his famous victory at the International Mozart Competition Salzburg in 2011.