Chopin: Piano Concerto in E minor
Thomas K.: String Zing
Saint-Saens: Cello Competition
Soloist: Vida Mónika Ruth
Conductor: Thomas Kornél
Frédéric François Chopin (1810-1849) began composing the piano concerto in E minor in the early 1830s, and
completed in September. Already the size of the orchestral introduction that started the work promises a large-scale piano competition.
There are also three main melodies in it, step-by-step virtuoso piano technique dazzles the listener, but all this is only supported by the band from the background, there is no question of real dialogue. The slow item is permeated by
a composer’s love passion, tender, dreamy music that shakes his privacy around this time. The closing item set
preserved something from the shimmering conversational tone of Mozart’s piano concerts, but also Chopin’s Polish folk music experiences
they lend characteristic colors to the item. The composition performing at the concert, String Zing, won the jury’s recognition in the chamber orchestra and chamber symphony category of the Müpa Music Competition, but Kornél Thomas also won an award in the solo and chamber music category. Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) was a French composer, conductor, pianist, organist. The Cello Concerto in A minor was introduced in 1872. Saint-Saëns is a prominent representative of musical neoclassicism. Previously, he was a committed supporter of new music, so he supported the creation of the Société Nationale, although he was not one of the revolutionary innovators. In his works, great knowledge with cool rigor and
associated with elegance, formal and technical features come to the fore. Classical music education can be felt in his music, which is why he strived for plasticity, variety and clear expression in his music.