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About the Concert
DEBUSSY CENTENNIAL CONCERT ①
THU July 19, 2018 20:00 | LOTTE Concert Hall
Jun Märkl, conductor
Nikolai Demidenko, piano
Debussy, En blanc et noir (arr. Robin Holloway) *Asian premiere of orchestral version
Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
Debussy, Images pour orchestre, L. 122
Total Duration: 110 minutes(incl. intermission)
* Pre-concert talk(in Korean) 30 minutes before start of concert.
“What rules do you
follow?” asked Claude Debussy’s teacher. “Pleasure”, he replied. But pleasure
can unlock whole worlds, and Debussy’s imagination held the key to a century
that would change music forever. 100 years after Debussy’s death in 1918, Jun
Märkl explores the endlessly subtle colours of Debussy’s Images – but he begins in black and white, with the Asian premiere
of a new orchestral version of one of Debussy’s most individual piano pieces.
In between comes music from another quiet revolutionary, and when you’ve got
music as sweet, as sparkling and as warm-hearted as Chopin’s youthful Second
Piano Concerto, it’s hard to imagine a better soloist than the veteran Russian
virtuoso Nikolai Demidenko.
Program Note by Richard Bratby
Jun Märkl has long been known as a highly respected interpreter of the core Germanic repertoire from both the symphonic and operatic traditions, and more recently for his refined and idiomatic explorations of the French impressionists. His long-standing relationships at the state operas of Vienna, Berlin, Munich and Semperoper Dresden have...
Authoritative interpretations of over fifty concerti, specifically those of Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, have brought Nikolai Demidenko worldwide recognition and critical acclaim. His passionate, virtuosic performances and musical individuality marked him as one of the most extraordinary pianists of this c...