Thursday, January 19, 2006

Peter Eötvös: New Concerto for Aimard

From Schott:

It is with great pleasure that we announce the Premiere of CAP-KO, the new piano concerto for Pierre-Laurent Aimard on the 26 January 2006. CAP-KO has been jointly commissioned by five European orchestras to mark the 125th birthday of Béla Bartók (25.03.2006). The Premiere will feature in conjunction with musica viva in Munich with the Sinfonieorchester of the Bayerischen Rundfunks, with the composer conducting. In the following months it will be performed in Sweden, Hungary, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Great Britain. The quizzical title CAP-KO stands for Concerto for Acoustic Piano, Keyboard and Orchestra.

A normal acoustic grand piano is used, and in addition a digital grand piano Roland KR 17 which enables the soloist to add extra notes – leading to an unusual kind of tonal virtuosity and tonal complexity - a reference to Bartók whose 125th birthday is on 25 March.

Eötvös, one of the most internationally successful composers of his epoch, is a self confessed “part-time” composer, in that his conducting is of equal importance to him. It is therefore wonderful that the Bayerische Rundfunk (musica viva), the Göteburg Symphoniker, the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Radio France, succeeded in commissioning Eötvös. The result: a highly virtuosic piano concerto which will be performed by the first class soloist Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

The Bayerischer Rundfunk will air the performance on 26 January 2006 live on BR4 and via digital radio on Dolby Digital 5.1. It can also be heard on the 2 February on Sveriges Radio P2.

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