Friday April 27, 2012
Orchestra performing with conductor Alain Lombard
THE Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) will present two performances themed Passion and Pathos this Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 3pm at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP).
Conductor Alain Lombard will weave the magic and steer the MPO to first present Adagio for Strings (Op.11a), by far Samuel Barber’s most popular work.
Written in 1936, it has become an unofficial anthem of public mourning and played at the funerals of the US presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Albert Einstein and Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco. In 2004, it was voted ‘the saddest’ work ever by listeners of BBC‘s Today.
The MPO will also perform Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor composed by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky. Premiered in 1875, it was an immediate success and has since become one of his best-loved works.
Made up of three movements, it is ranked as one of the great romantic piano concertos.
Collaborating with the MPO to present this work will be 23-year-old Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan.
Prior to her debut with MPO, she has performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Kammer Orchester and Berliner Philharmonie, with artists such as Christian Arming, Vasily Sinaisky and Xian Zhang.
Besides having won accolades in Paris, Valencia and Vienna, she has also recently released her début CD of solo Rachmaninov works.
The concerts will close with Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, the composer’s final masterpiece.
A culmination of his career, the work combines both Western art music and Eastern European folk music.
The work was a great success and today remains as one of Bartók’s most popular works.
For details, call 03-2051 7008.