October 17-19, J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Bartók
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J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Bartók featuring Sir András Schiff in the dual role of conductor-soloist
The eminent Hungarian-born pianist András Schiff made his BSO debut in 1983 and last appeared with the orchestra in 2008.
In his first appearances with the BSO as a conductor, he leads Bach’s F minor concerto and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 from the keyboard. After intermission, he takes the podium to conduct Brahms’s Haydn Variations and Bartók’s pungent folk-influenced Dance Suite. The Haydn Variations are based on the “Chorale St. Antoni,” a well-known melody once attributed to Haydn. Composed in 1873, this was Brahms’ biggest foray into purely orchestral music prior to completing his first symphony three years later. Based on a variety of traditional dance melodies, Bartók’s Dance Suite was immensely successful at the time of its 1923 premiere.
Sir András Schiff, conductor and piano
J.S. BACH Piano Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1
BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn
BARTÓK Dance Suite