The Music of Chopin and Borodin this week. Two pretty familiar pieces; the Piano concerto Number 2 of Chopin, played by Serbian pianist Aleksandar Madzar, who is joined by the North German Philharmonic, conducted by Johannes Klumpp.
After the Chopin, a performance of the Borodin Symphony Number 2 featuring Johannes Klumpp leading the North German Philharmonic . It was recorded by West German Radio at the Stadtpark Schützenhof, Herford on October 6th of this year.
Aleksandar Madzar has been a much-in-demand soloist since his 1996 Leeds Competition appearance. He’s maintained a very busy concert schedule, playing concerts all over the world. And in addition to his solo career, he also collaborates with a wide number of musicians. He made his U.S. debut in 2007, playing at the Miami International Piano festival and creating an astounding success. Since then, he has gone on to record numerous projects, not only solo, but with Orchestras and collaborators.
Johannes Klumpp, born in Stuttgart in 1980 has been active since 2006. In 2009, Johannes Klumpp became principal conductor of the Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Since 2013, he has been chief conductor of the Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen. As a guest conductor, he has worked with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the Tiroler Landesorchester Innsbruck, the Rundfunkorchester Cologne, the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresdner Philharmonie, the Landesjugendorchester Berlin the Nürnberger Symphoniker and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, amongst others.
His numerous recordings, for the label Ars-Produktion include works by Mozart, but also include Johann Hummel, Carl Maria von Weber, Igna Pleyel. He recently completed a series of recordings by Scandanavian composers.
So, some relatively new faces on the horizon playing familiar material. But it’s well done and gives an idea of the current climate in performances and who is out there causing a stir. But ultimately, it’s great Anti-Road Rage Wednesday music – especially since it’s Thanksgiving tomorrow.