Rachmaninov essence I The composer’s complete piano concertos

Janos Balazs and the Concerto Budapest

Programme: Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 1 in F-sharp minor, op. 1, Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43. *** Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, op. 18

In tribute to the 150th anniversary of his birth, the Cziffra Festival pays homage to one of the most significant Russian Romantic composers, Sergey Rachmaninov. János Balázs’ gigantic enterprise is unique in the world, as only a few pianists have ever performed all of Rachmaninov’s piano concertos. His partners in this endeavour will be András Keller and Concerto Budapest. This gigantic undertaking, which has been in the international limelight, can also be considered the Mount Everest of pianists. It can be heard at the Cziffra Festival in two parts: on 10 and 25 February at the Liszt Academy.

Rachmaninov’s piano concertos are simultaneously characterised by exuberant emotionality and brilliant virtuosity, but he was also a master of colourful orchestration. These works are considered to be among the most challenging ones written for the piano since performers have to meet serious technical requirements to achieve the desired standard. At the same time, the audience can fully immerse in the beauty of the music.

The composer completed his Piano Concerto No. 1 at eighteen, while No. 4 was finished in 1926 after leaving the Soviet Union. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is the fifth and final piece composed for piano and orchestra, which is based on Paganini’s famous 24 Capricies.

Host: Szilvia Becze

Season tickets for the concerts Rachmaninov Essence 1 and 2 can be purchased at https://www.jegy.hu/seasonticket/buy/542/10

(A joint concert of the Cziffra Festival and Concerto Budapest)

Supporter: Prime Minister’s Office, Bethlen Gábor Fund Zrt.
Featured sponsor: MVM


Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1 (F-sharp minor), Op. 1,

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 43.


Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 (C minor), Op. 18


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