Concert of the Great Composers
Thursday, 11 October 2018
From 7.30 pm
Liszt Academy,
6.000 Ft – 4.500 Ft – 3.000 Ft
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Concert of the Great Composers

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Brahms Piano Concerto in D minor, Op. 15
Zemlinsky The Mermaid – Symphonic Poem
Simon Trpceski piano
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Fabrice Bollon conductor

Fabrice Bollon and Simon Trpceski, These two artists are popular figures on the international concert scene, and are both signed to major record labels. The same cannot be said for the Austrian conductor and composer Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871–1942), whose musical career did not meet with success. He may have written late-Romantic music with incredibly beautiful melodies, but von Zemlinsky found himself on the margins of musical history in his own lifetime. The words of his one-time pupil, Arnold Schönberg, were of little help (and perhaps made matters worse): “I always believed he was a great composer.” Nor did he benefit from being among the group of Viennese musicians around Gustav Mahler, or his status as a major opera conductor, conducting the successful Vienna premieres of Salome and Tosca in 1900. The symphonic poem The Mermaid (Die Seejungfrau) is based on the story of the Danish storyteller Hans Christian Anderson‘s The Little Mermaid. After witnessing this performance by the Hungarian National Philharmonic, we sincerely hope many listeners will have new-found respect for this unjustly neglected composer.