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Opening of the 7th Winter Festival
KAI-MIN CHANG, piano
SOPHIE MARIN-DEGOR, soprano
ANNALISA STROPPA, mezzo-soprano
CELSO ALBELO, tenor
PAUL ARMIN EDELMANN, bass
Conductor: YAN PASCAL TORTELIER
RTV Slovenia Symphony Orcehstra
Mixed Choir of Glasbena matica Ljubljana
Virtuosi Festival Choir
The opening evening will begin with a performance by the Taiwanese pianist Kai-Min Chang, the winner of the 1st Ljubljana Festival International Piano Competition, held in 2023. Chang will perform one of the most challenging concertos in the piano repertoire, the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in B-flat major by Johannes Brahms, a large-scale work which took the composer three full years to complete. Considered by many to be Brahms’s opus summum, in recognition of the lofty position it occupies in the composer’s oeuvre, it is also regarded as one of the pinnacles of nineteenth-century piano concerto composition. The work combines the characteristics of the concerto and the symphony, with a structure that is subordinated to musical expression and requires a technically demanding interpretation that is a great challenge for every pianist. In the second part of the programme, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and the distinguished French conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier will be joined by the Mixed Choir of the Glasbena Matica Ljubljana, the Virtuosi Festival Choir, the soprano Sophie Marin-Degor, the mezzo-soprano Annalisa Stroppa, the tenor Celso Albelo and the bass-baritone Paul Armin Edelmann in a performance of the Messe de Requiem by Camille Saint-Saëns. Once described as the French Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns was acclaimed as the epitome of French genius. He played a unique role in transforming French musical taste from grand opera to the classical symphony and was notable for his ability to maintain traditional form while simultaneously experimenting with contemporary musical stylings to appeal to an ever-changing French audience. These qualities are reflected in this unusual work, which remains an important part of his musical legacy and represents a unique interpretation of a liturgical text that combines Classical and Romantic musical elements.
- Brahms:Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83
L. Boulanger:“The earth is the Lord’s”, Psalm 24
C. Saint-Saëns: Messe de Requiem, Op. 5