VORRABER: Concerto Classico for Piano & String Orchestra, Op. 37
for Piano & String Orchestra, Op. 37
World Premiere Recording
Franz Vorraber ~ Piano & Conducting
Castle Concerts Orchestra
Concert Grand Piano:
Steinway & Sons D-274 (No. 597417)
A concert recording from Bad Homburg Castle (Germany)
HD Recording · DDD · Duration: 22 Min. 46 Sec.
Digital Album · 3 Tracks · incl. Booklet
he "concerto classico" op. 37 refers, as it can be seen from the title, back to the classical structure and the motives in terms of Haydn. As customary habit at the time, rhythmic set phrases and harmonic collocations of today have been used and processed. In the theme of the first movement can easily be noticed. Thus, the formal arrangement between tutti and solo is obliged to the classical model. Some surprising twists, especially the intensifying rhythm throughout the piece, combine typical formula of the First Viennese School to contemporary elements. The simple theme of the second movement is enriched with complex harmonic turns. Due to the interjections of the piano, a harmonically opposed dialogue is created. The pianos' harmonics, conducted with whole tones and additionally colored by the fifths of the strings, comes finally to a quiet ending. After a virtuosic opening, the third movement is designed concerto-grosso-style. The tutti is dominating the string orchestra. It is interrupted by the pianos’ soloist tours with a rather "groovy" basso continuo. The contrabass is taking the bass line in the middle part to calm the ensemble. After a wild cadence of the piano, the strings return with momentum and vividly end the work with copious virtuous piano figures.
astles and palaces have always been stimulating human fantasy, just think of the tales of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. These connotations are also shaping musical compositions, in fabulous - simply romantic music. Beautiful creations that are able to express joy, love, sorrow and grief; silence as well as jubilance, melancholia as well as exaltation to today's audience no less that 500 years ago, differing not in time, but in a mode of feeling and perception that depends on composer, artist, performance space and - last but not least - you, dear audience. Therefore we choose the motto "Centuries of Romance" for our "Castle Concerts Series", and, to be honest: castles and romance, that fits quite nicely.
Giving a stage to this thought is the next step. We invited Franz Vorraber in his capacity as a pianist, composer and romanticist to plan and, eventually, to realize the present production. Franz built a beautiful concertant bridge from the 18th century to his specially created contemporary composition, and arranged it for piano and string quartet explicitly according to our visions. The work is being performed by the composer as both artist and conductor with an orchestra carefully selected by himself - the result is stunning. But just lean back and listen for yourself…
ranz Vorraber is one of the internationally renowned interpreters of Schumann. He repeatedly performed the complete solo oeuvre in cycles of twelve concertos and was published it in a thirteen-part CD recording at Thorofon, receiving numerous international awards and honors. Being born in Graz, his studies have been shaped by the First Viennese School and the German School, and he graduated with a soloist diploma and unanimous decoration. Franz Vorraber was invited as soloist to internationally famous festivals as the Viennese Musiksommer, the piano festival Ruhr, the music festival Schleswig Holstein, the Mozartfest Würzburg, the Mendelson fest in Leipzig, the Klosterfestspiele Maulbronn, the Musiksommer of Chorin, the European Weeks of Passau, the Frankfurter Feste, the festival Santander, the Schubertiade, the Rheingau music festival, the Hohenloher Kultursommer, the Bebersee festival et cetera. He worked with conductors like Dennis Russell Davies, Fabio Luisi, Alun Francis, Gabriel Feltz, Mar Tardue or Marcus Bosch. His repertoire of piano concerts includes 50 different concerts, many of them have been have been released on CD. His own works as a composer have been increasingly performed lately. There have been many premieres of pieces of chamber music at the Mendelson Fest at the Gewandhaus or at the Schumann Fest in Bonn in cooperation with the blowers of the Staatskapelle Berlin and musicians of the Gewandhaus Leipzig. A great success was the premiere of his first piano concerto at the Klosterkonzerte Maulbronn. Some works of piano were published by Thorofon and by K&K Verlagsanstalt, i. a. "Sentences of Love" in cooperation with the poet and writer Peter Härtling.
he Castle Concerts Orchestra has been individually assembled by Franz Vorraber due to this production to guarantee the best body of sound possible for the arrangement and the composition. We named the orchestra after our series "Castle Concerts", in which framework this concerto has been performed and recorded.
Concert Master: Barbara Kummer-Buchberger (Frankfurt)
Violins: Barbara Kummer-Buchberger (Frankfurt), Yuri Uomizu (Wiesbaden), Corinna Freibott (Bad Bocklet), Yana Luzman (Würzburg), Hwoyeong Lee (Wiesbaden), Florian Bartl (Friedrichsdorf), Julia Muginstein (Würzburg), Paul Hartwein (Oberursel), Clara Holzapfel (Wiesbaden)
Violas: Hiltrud Hampe (Frankfurt), Konstantin Molodchinin (Würzburg), Ulrike Kruttschnitt (Würzburg)
Cellos: Bernhard Zapp (Bonn), Jan Ickert (Frankfurt)
Double Bass: Susan Lutz (Würzburg)
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