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Norwegian Radio Orchestra with Mathias Halvorsen


The outstanding piano soloist Mathias Halvorsen plays two piano concerts - for the left hand!

Beyond being a good piano exercise, it can seem like a strange thing to only use one hand to play the piano. The explanation is historical: the pianist Paul Wittgenstein lost his right arm in World War I, but instead of putting his pianist career on the shelf, he instead ordered specially written music, including piano concerts, by contemporary great composers. Eventually, he created an impressive portfolio of specially written, high-quality works.

Maurice Ravel's left-hand concerto from 1930 is probably the most famous and played, one for Ravel to be, a rather dramatic work, almost like a journey from darkness to light, perhaps a description of Wittgenstein's own pianist one-handed journey?

Erich Wolfgang Korngold's concerto was written before Ravels, already in 1923, when Korngold was 26 years old. By then, the prodigy had already written several operas and orchestral works. So far, he is well planted in European late-romantic tradition, and with a virtuosity and richness of sound in the music that we should not forget, despite the fact that many primarily know him as a pioneer in film music in Hollywood.

Between the two piano concerts, there will be another rare piece on KORK's program. Lili Boulanger stood out as one of the greatest composer wonders the world has had. She died only 26 years old, after leaving several large works. D'un matin de printemps ("From a Spring Morning") is one of her latest works, yet full of sparkling life and colors.

Maurice Ravel: Concert for left hand and orchestra
Lili Boulanger: From a spring morning
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Concert for left hand and orchestra

Conductor: Otto Tausk
Mathias Halvorsen - piano

  • Last Updated: 01/18/2022
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Thu, March 10, 2022 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

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