Kurtág's tribute to Pierre Boulez


Alexander Gavrylyuk, Pietari Inkinen, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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György Kurtág wrote Petite musique solennelle in 2015 to mark Pierre Boulez’ ninetieth birthday. Both composers have had a long association with the Holland Festival. Kurtág’s homage to the composer, who died last year, includes a prominent role for the French horns and percussion instruments. This Dutch premiere is being performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted for the first time by the young Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen. The programme also includes ­another Hungarian composer, Béla Bartók and his Concerto for Orchestra, one of the highlights of the orchestral repertoire. The programme also features Igor Stravinsky’s Begrafenislied (Chant funèbre) opus 5 and Sergey Prokofiev’s concise First Piano Concerto, for which pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk plays again with the orchestra.

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