Recital 4

Rudolf Buchbinder

Schumann | Liszt

Sat, 16509

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Piano Festival

19.11.-27.11. 2016



    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    Fantasy in C major, Op. 17
    Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
    Paraphrase de concert sur “Rigoletto,” S. 434
    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13

    Rudolf Buchbinder is celebrating a milestone birthday – and LUCERNE FESTIVAL celebrates Rudolf Buchbinder. Five days before he turns 70, the Viennese pianist will give a recital of works by Schumann and Liszt, combining the poetic with the highly virtuosic. For him routine has remained a foreign word, even though his international career began back in the 1960s. Buchbinder has maintained a habit of preparing meticulously, right up to the present. He studies autograph scores or consults the widest variety of score editions to compare them. “Knowledge confers freedom,” he says about his approach, and this freedom enables him, when things get serious in the concert hall, to then act spontaneously. Yet Buchbinder does not believe that his professional life has become easier through all his experiences and successes: “Day by day I become more nervous,” he sighs. “You move the bar higher and higher. To meet the audience’s expectations is not enough: you have to outdo them.” That is indeed a work ethic.

    Rudolf Buchbinder

    The Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, who celebrates his 70th birthday on 1 December, has been concertizing around the world for over 50 years with the most renowned orchestras and conductors. As part of this milestone birthday year, he will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Philharmonie in Berlin, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Additional highlights of the current season include concert tours with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Staatskapelle Dresden, as well as concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic led by Christian Thielemann. At the invitation of Mariss Jansons, Buchbinder is also serving as artist-in-residence with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Buchbinder’s repertoire, which he has documented in more than 100 recordings, ranges from Bach to contemporary works. The compositions of Ludwig van Beethoven hold a central place in his activity: so far he has performed the entire cycle of 32 sonatas more than 50 times, including in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Dresden, Milan, Beijing, Saint Petersburg, and Zurich, and four times each in Vienna and Munich. In 2014 he became the first pianist to perform the cycle within a single summer at the Salzburg Festival. His most recent CD and DVD release is a live recording of the two piano concertos by Johannes Brahms with the Vienna Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. Buchbinder’s performances are based on meticulous study of sources. He is a passionate collector of historical scores and owns no fewer than 39 complete editions of the Beethoven sonatas, including numerous first editions, and original editions of other works. Since 2007 Buchbinder has served as Artistic Director of the Grafenegg Music Festival. He is the author of two books: his autobiography Da Capo (2008) and Mein Beethoven – Leben mit dem Meister (2014).

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 18 November 1999 in a recital of works by Bach, Berg, Beethoven, and Schumann.

    October 2016

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