Two rising stars meet on one stage for music that captivates and stops time: the 22-year-old Canadian virtuoso pianist Jan Lisiecki joins French maestro Lionel Bringuier at the head of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal for Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2. Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite, Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, and Dutilleux's Métaboles round out this evening at Montreal’s Maison symphonique.
Jan Lisiecki's considerable talents have been celebrated on medici.tv since he was 16 years old. With numerous international prizes and world-class performances under his belt, and already acclaimed for his interpretations of Chopin, Lisiecki performs here one of that composer's most beloved works.
Lisiecki's Chopin performance is preceded by Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, a "fantasy for orchestra" that first gained wild public acclaim in Rimsky-Korsakov's published arrangement. Dutilleux's Métaboles opens the concert's second half. The piece was commissioned by maestro George Szell in 1959 for the Cleveland Orchestra's 40th anniversary, and its five overlapping movements draw their inspiration from a rhetorical term of the work's title that means (as Dutilleux himself put it),"to present one or several ideas in a different order and from different angles, until, by successive stages, they are made to change character completely." The evening closes with Stravinsky's 1919 Firebird suite, which brings to musical life the timeless Russian fable of love, magic, and rebirth.
Jan Lisiecki appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon.
Photo: Jan Lisiecki © Holger Hage
Verbier Festival 2013