Johann Sebastian Bach: Three Chorale Preludes
Transcription for piano four hands by György Kurtág
György Kurtág: "In memoriam Sebők György" for piano four hands (2000)
György Kurtág: "Hommage à J. S. B." for piano four hands (1987)
Zoltán Kodály: Adagio for viola and piano (1905)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor Op. 50 "À la mémoire d'un grand Artiste"
Duration approx. 75 minutes, no interval
This programme is dedicated to the festival founder György Sebők. The hungarian musical culture of the early 20th century – and thus also Sebők – was deeply rooted in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach is juxtaposed with two short works by György Kurtág, of which "In Memoriam György Sebők" was composed in response to the death of his friend.
Zoltán Kodály was (with Bartók) one of the founding fathers of Hungarian music and was Sebők's composition teacher. Tchaikovsky's monumental Piano Trio, on the other hand, is not dedicated to Sebők – but to another outstanding pianist: Nikolai Rubinstein – but Sebők performed the work several times in Ernen.
Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula, piano | Alasdair Beatson, piano | Bogdan Božović, violin | Paolo Giacometti, piano | Manuel Hofer, viola | Samuel Niederhauser, violoncello
Concert introduction with Rolf Grolimund
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