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For the first time in Riga – the outstanding middle generation pianist Nicholas Angelich. His father, a violinist, hails from Montenegro, while his mother, a pianist, born in the USSR, is of Romanian and Slovak blood. They met in Serbia and emigrated to the US, so Nicholas was born there, in Cincinnati, OH. His first piano teacher was his mother, and in an interview for jejouedupiano.com Nicholas Angelich said her systematic work and precisely defined tasks had laid a strong foundation for his future development. In his late teens, Angelich studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Aldo Ciccolini and Yvonne Loriod. Angelich mentions also Leon Fleisher as one of his most important teachers.
Nicholas Angelich is a passionate Bach aficionado, he has been playing Bach a lot since his teens; he feels Brahms deeply and has recorded his concertos with Paavo Järvi and Frankfurt Radio SO; he admires Beethoven while admitting he is “a difficult author”; he loves Schumann, speaks well of Stockhausen and Boulez who during their brief encounters had given loads of valuable information “one can feed for years on”. For several years, Nicholas Angelich participated in the project “Martha Argerich and Friends”, in the ensemble with Capuçon brothers, Lily Maisky and Argerich herself performing chamber music by Brahms, Dohnányi and Schumann. Among Nicholas’ chamber music partners are also Maxim Vengerov, Gérard Caussé, Joshua Bell, Ysaÿe Quartet, Ébène Quartet; he has performed with Myung-whun Chung, Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Kurt Masur, Marc Minkowski.
In Riga, Nicholas Angelich will be the soloist in Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto which was first performed on 1st January, 1846, (Schumann was 35 then) – solo was played by composer’s wife Clara Schumann, the orchestra was led by Ferdinand Hiller (1811–1885), a composer, conductor and writer, the successor of Mendelssohn as the head of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Hiller was a highly esteemed and successful musician Schumann had dedicated his Piano Concerto to.
A fitting company to Schumann is his close friend and, in a way, pupil Johannes Brahms whose symphonies this season are especially focused on by Andris Poga and LNSO. On the 13th November concert, we will listen to probably the most popular Brahms symphony – the Fourth, composed at the age of 52 and, strangely enough, almost the last of his major orchestra pieces (except for the Double Concerto). The Fourth Symphony was composed during the summers of 1884 and 1885 in Styriarte, central Austria. About this remote Alpine corner, the composer wrote to Hans von Bülow that his new opus (i.e. the Fourth Symphony) tasted “like weather here; the local cherries are just slightly sweet, you would not eat them”. Cherries aside, this is one of the most outstanding symphonic works of all time. It can be analyzed and still there would be no answer to the question – what is happening in this music! You can but listen and be amazed.
In the beginning of the concert – the magician of contemporary symphonic orchestra sound Magnus Lindberg and his beautiful, majestic composition Chorale, based on Es ist genug, a chorale of farewell to the sun, by the prolific 17th century sacral music author Johann Rudolph Ahle. The characteristic tune of three whole rising tones has been used by Johann Sebastian Bach in the conclusion of his cantata BWV 60, and this Bach’s harmonization is what Lindberg names as the inspiration of his Chorale.
19.00 / Friday / Riga, The Great Guild
Nikolass Angeličs - klavieres