Bard Music Festival
Program Three • The Pianist-Composer
August 6, 2022
Bard Music Festival
August 6, 2022
It was the runaway success of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto that helped restore his confidence after the depression and writer’s block triggered by his First Symphony’s failure.
Marking the ASO’s first concert of the 2022 festival, Program Three juxtaposes the concerto—arguably the best-loved in the classical canon—with closely contemporaneous orchestral works by two of Rachmaninoff’s fellow pianist-composers.
Famed Polish virtuoso and statesman Paderewski is represented by the prelude to Act III of his opera Manru, the only work by a Pole ever staged at the Metropolitan Opera, and Busoni by his Piano Concerto.
A monumental rarity that draws on vast forces, including a choir, this was previously championed to acclaim by Botstein and the ASO at Carnegie Hall, where, as now, their soloist was Piers Lane, who brought “drive, athleticism and muscularity, certainly, but also lyricism and shapeliness” (New York Times) to Busoni’s fiendishly challenging score.
7 pm Preconcert Talk
8 pm Performance: Danny Driver, Piers Lane, piano; Bard Festival Chorale / James Bagwell, choral director; American Symphony Orchestra / Leon Botstein, music director
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 (1900–1901)
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860–1941)
Prelude to Act 3 of Manru, Op. 20 (1892–1901)
Ferruccio Busoni (1866–1924)
Piano Concerto in C Major, Op. 39 (1901–04)
The 2022 SummerScape season is made possible in part by the generous support of Jeanne Donovan Fisher, the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation, the Advisory Boards of the Fisher Center at Bard and Bard Music Festival, and Fisher Center and Bard Music Festival members. The 2022 Bard Music Festival has received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.
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