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Athens Philharmonia Orchestra Byron Fidetzis

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Overview

The Athens Philharmonia Orchestra and Byron Fidetzis bring together Arnold Schoenberg the teacher and his pupils Nikos Skalkottas and Anton Webern.

Vienna, 1908: Webern, about to graduate from Schoenberg’s composition class, chooses to turn to the passacaglia, a pre-classical form of variations, thus creating a work of unsurpassable compositional and orchestrational perfection. Skalkottas has returned to interwar Athens, where he composes, in 1935, an expressive Concertino for Two Pianos, with superb orchestral colours and dreamy harmonic moods. Two years later, Schoenberg, self-exiled in New York, invests Brahms’ masterly Piano Quartet in G minor with symphonic dimensions. A rare opportunity to hear three fine works by representatives of the Second Viennese School. The Beata Pincetic and Christos Sakellaridis duo, with a 14- year European career, are collaborating with the orchestra in this interesting concert.

Piano for Two (Beata Pincetic & Christos Sakellaridis)

Co-produced by the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra and the Athens Concert Hall

Credits

Conducted by

Byron Fidetzis, Athens Philharmonia Orchestra and the Athens Concert Hall

 

 

Programme

Anton Webern

Passacaglia, Op. 1

 

Nikos Skalkottas

Concertino for Two Pianos

Franz Schmidt

Intermezzo (Czardas), from the opera ‘Notre Dame’

Johannes Brahms

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
(Orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg)

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