1st Concert 2018
Iván Fischer and Vilde Frang present Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1
Conductor: Iván Fischer
Soloist: Vilde Frang
Hungarian Peasant Songs for Orchestra, Sz 100
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1, Sz 36 with
Vilde Frang, violin
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, op. 61 (Excerpts, arranged in form of a suite by Iván Fischer)
Mari Eriksmoen, soprano
Kitty Whately, mezzo-soprano
Ladies of the Philharmonia Choir Wien
Walter Zeh, chorus master
Béla Bartók wrote his First Violin Concerto for his early love, the young violinist Stefi Geyer “as if in a narcotic dream”: he inscribed the words “My Confession” on the front page of the manuscript. The first four notes from the solo violin (a real ʻearwormʼ) was described by the composer himself as the “Stefi motif”.
Before Bartók’s declaration of love, the long-time chief conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin has programmed the composer’s Hungarian Peasant Songs. The final item of the evening is excerpts from Felix Mendelssohn’s music for Shakespeare’s AMidsummer Night’s Dream, selected by Iván Fischer himself.