Another historic concert this week. Christoph Eschenbach, in the dual role of Pianist and Conductor, leads the Pittsburgh Symphony in this 1982 concert.
Starting off with a performance of the Mozart Piano Concerto Number 23 and ending with Bruckner’s 7th Symphony, it’s a tour-de-force for Eschenbach, who not only has the distinction of being one of the world’s great pianist, but also one of the foremost promoters of the music of Anton Bruckner.
As a pianist, Christoph Eschenbach began his career in 1965, winning the Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey, Switzerland. He went to win several other competitions, as well as secure a contract to Deutsche Grammophon Records where his debut album, works by Mozart was issued. He continued studying Conducting with George Szell, where he made his American debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1969.
Eschenbach became Principle Guest Conductor for the Zurich Tonhalle beginning in 1981 and became chief Conductor of the Orchestra from 1982-1986, while also holding down position of Principle Guest Conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony.
You could say busy best describes Christoph Eschenbach and certainly the wearer of many hats. So far, his career has yielded some 80 recordings as Pianist, conductor, or in the case of Mozart; both.
In 2003 he began a stormy tenure with The Philadelphia Orchestra, finally ending with the 2010 season. He was immediately picked up by the National Symphony as well as his November 2017 appointment as General Music Director of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin starting with the 2019 season.
But to hear Christoph Eschenbach in performance with The Pittsburgh Symphony, here is that earlier concert, recorded between October 29-31, 1982.
Certainly qualifies for Anti-Road Rage Wednesday Music. And I would certainly suggest turning off he phone, grabbing a comfy chair and relaxing for the next 90 minutes. It will do you a world of good.