Kremerata Baltica tours with Lucas Debargue and Seong-Jin Cho

This October, Kremerata Baltica will enthuse the audience of European halls over several concerts with solo piano. The chamber orchestra has prepared two programs this time and will visit Slovakia, Spain and Italy, launching the tour with a concert at the Bratislava Music Festival, performing the first program together with pianist Lucas Debargue, whose playing, combined with an intensely poetic and lyrical gift for phrasing, earned him the coveted Moscow Music Critics’ Award (2015) as “the pianist whose incredible gift, artistic vision and creative freedom have impressed the critics as well as the audience”. 

The following event will take place in Bilbao, involving a work by Bartok „Divertimento“ for strings, written in 1939, at the outset of World War 2, a while before composer left Hungary. In this relaxing work the composer coped with traditions and form principles of the Baroque concerto grosso. Then follows Haydn’s playful Piano Concerto in D major, which is very popular in Slovakia. Equally free-minded Piano Concerto in C major K. 246 was written by the then 20-year-old Mozart for the princess Antonia Lützow, a dedicated amateur pianist. The concert ends up with Sinfonietta in C minor, Op. 110 for string orchestra and timpani – authorized transcription of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8, which opens with a slow, extremely sad theme and is filled with quotations of other pieces by Shostakovich.

Later, the tour will continue in Italy with the second program, accompanied by Seong-Jin Cho, a 23-year-old Korean pianist, winner of the Chopin Competition (2015) and bronze medal at the Tchaikovsky (2011) and Arthur Rubinstein (2014) competitions. The audience is going to hear the works of three Polish origin composers – H. Gorecki, M. Weinberg, whose works are especially widely performed by Kremerata Baltica recently, and also both of the piano concertos of the great pianist and music creator of the Romantic era – F. Chopin.