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Khatia Buniatishivili Performs Mozart's Dark and Stormy Piano Concerto No. 20 at Carnegie Hall

By Thomas Swan t.swan@classicalite.com on Jan 15, 2016 08:55 PM EST

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will be welcoming Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishivili to Carnegie Hall as guest soloist on January 30th. They will be playing the dark and stormy Piano Concerto No. 20 by Mozart. According to the press release, the program will include, "New York premiere of Paul Chihara's orchestral arrangement of Rachmaninoff's Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17, Haydn's First Symphony
and Arensky's Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky."

The highlight of the whole evening will, of course, be the beautiful Ms. Buniatshivili and her tackling of the Mozart Piano Concerto. The Orpheus Orchestra is presenting its third in it signature series in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m. The program will continue its season long focus on adaptation and influence. The music performed spans the centuries. Haydn Symphony No 1 in D Major is on the agenda, along with Mozart's Piano Concerto.

Says Orpheus Artist Director and violist Dov Scheindlin from the orchestra's press release, "Mozart studied Haydn's music, was fascinated by it, and emulated his style. Haydn then discovered Mozart, and was also influenced by the composer, resulting in an amazing cross-fertilization of their music. It's wonderful to hear how Haydn's symphony stylistically grows into the Mozart piano concerto, which has a deep range of emotion. The concerto is one of Mozart's stormiest, darkest pieces, and that very much suits the temperament of our pianist, Khatia Buniatishvili."

The second half off the program has a distinctly Russian feel to it. First up will be Anton Arensky followed by his student Sergei Rachmaninoff. About Arensky, the press release had this to say, "Arensky's rarely heard late Romantic Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky, which Orpheus will perform for the first time, is an adaptation for string orchestra of the composer's own String Quartet No. 2. Originally composed for violin, viola and two cellos, the work's rich, dark soundscape is also heard in the orchestral version and builds on the dark themes heard in the Mozart concerto."


What glorious night it will be to behold. The Orpheus' press release says tickets range anywhere from $14.50 to $110 and are on sale at the Carnegie Hall Box Office.

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