Play 4 concertos in 2 nights
My friend is going to performing with national orchestra. He will play 4 German violin concerto (Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruch, Beethoven) in 2 nights nonstop. These concertos have difference character. How do you think of playing 4 concertos like this? Have any violinist play like this before?
Maybe he is lucky not to have jet-lag between each concerto!
About 30 years ago the father of one of my friends was the soloist on a concert tour with the Danish orchestra where he was normally concert master. They played two programs on the tour, one was with Mendelssohn and the other I think was Brahms.
That's a great story. It reminds me of another one I heard about a pianist who was to perform a Mozart concerto with orchestra. Only after the orchestra started did she realize they were playing a different one than she expected. Fortunately, she knew them both and adapted.
Well, I was told about the pianist who started with the Grieg. The orchestra continued with the Schumann. Fortunately the pianist knew the Schumann (This can't always be guaranteed. I remember being in the Edinburgh Rehearsal Orchestra when we accompanied Alex Kelly in the Schumann. He'd only started studying it four days previously. Admittedly it was quite early in his career, but I had already heard him give a professional performance with orchestra).
Andrew, that was Maria Joao Pires
Did she not have any rehearsal with the orchestra before the concert?
Maybe redundant question here ... Does your friend play as the soloist / Violin I / Violin II or other orchestra member?
Bo, if I remember correctly, the "wrong concerto" video was at an informal lunchtime concert that was performed without rehearsal.
This coming Saturday we are performing Mozart's Piano Concerto Nr 21 (the anachronistically named "Elvira Madigan") with our regular conductor standing in at short notice for an indisposed soloist. We - the orchestra - will decide on the night whether or not we start off with Concerto Nr 20 ;)
Trevor, I think that's an opportunity you can't let go to waste, at least for a few lines, and then stop and have a good laugh=)
My friend play as soloist. You can see the program here
Bruh that's a lot, considering that I'm looking at Bruch and Mendelssohn myself right now
I heard Oistrakh used to played 4 concertos in 2 nights like this but can't find any information about this
There's the story of a young concert pianist, just out of college and at the start of her career, playing the Grieg for the first time in public. At the drum roll at the beginning she got off her piano stool to stand to attention - presumably an automatic response to the start of the British National Anthem!
@Viet Nguyen Oh I know this guy. He is not well-known internationally but a number 1 in his country Vietnam.