It is with a great deal of expectation that I’m preparing for this Haydn concert. The latter due to several reasons…
First of all, it is going to be the first one in this 2019 series of concerts. We will approach this first concert of 2019 with a renewed orchestra. We have incorporated a fabulous new violist from the Royal College of Music and a very motivated cello player. “Practice makes perfect”: After having established our concert cycle during 2018 now, we face the challenge of continuing and evolving from where we left.
Secondly, We start the year with two of Haydn’s most famous piano concertos, the Piano in Concerto in G and, on April 27th, the Piano Concerto in D Hob. XVIII:11. The Haydn Piano Concerto in G Hob. XVIII:4 is one of Haydn’s most important piano solo work. It is written for piano accompanied with string orchestra. I had the honor of performing this piece when we opened the cycle back in March 2018. In that opportunity, I played accompanied by Sabrina Curpanen. Maestra Curpanen delivered an impeccable performance of the orchestral reduction of the concerto. It was fascinating for me to play in this arrangement. I’ve never had performed in front of an audience accompanied by a second piano. It proved to be highly rewarding. The kind of communication one develops with a second piano is far more fluid than with the entire orchestra. In that opportunity, we played two historical grand pianos which added to the adventure!
This time I’m working together with Maestro Sisti Ripol. Maestro Sisti is a highly experienced conductor specialized in accompanying soloists. He gained his experience mainly being a piano soloist himself. We have worked together on two other projects already: the Haydn Piano Concerto in D Hob. XVIII:2 and the Haydn Piano Concerto in C Hob. XVIII:10. We played both with the WKMT ensemble. The final result was two excellent audio and video recordings now available on Youtube.