Uploaded on Dec 30, 2009
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, op.11, composed in 1830. First performance given by Chopin himself on 11 October of that year in Warsaw, during one of his farewell concerts before leaving Poland.
It was the first of Chopin's two piano concertos to be published, and was therefore given the designation of Piano Concerto "No.1" at the time of publication, even though it was actually written immediately after what was later published as Piano Concerto No. 2.
It is dedicated to Friedrich Kalkbrenner (1785 - 1849; a German pianist and composer, educated at the Paris Conservatoire; well known as a brilliant performer and a successful teacher in London between 1814 to 1823; developed a piano playing technique that kept the musician's strength in the fingers and hands, instead of the forearm which was used by his student Camille-Marie Stamaty, who taught it to his student, Camille Saint-Saëns; a stakeholder of the piano-manufacturing firm of Pleyel & Co., making a fortune by his business and his art combined; his numerous compositions are little remembered today.)
- Allegro maestoso
Part I :
Part II : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFMFac...
- Romance. Larghetto
Part III : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdkBBY...
- Rondo. Vivace
Part IV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHJxLj...
Bella Mikhaylovna Davidovich (1928) speaks about herself:
"I grew up surrounded by musicians. Everyone in my family was deeply involved in music except for my father, a distinguished surgeon in Azerbaijan. Both my mother and grandfather worked at the Opera Theater. Mom trained the vocalists and my grandfather played First Violin. Mom's students were always coming over to our house to practice. Also, radio had a great influence on me.
Of course, in the beginning I couldn't read notes, but I used to listen and pick up the music by ear. When I was three and a half years old, I figured out one of Chopin's waltzes on the piano. When I was six, I joined a group of special talented children and began formal music education. At nine, I was soloist with Baku's Philharmonic Orchestra performing Beethoven's First Piano Concerto. At 12, we left Baku for Moscow so I could attend the Moscow Conservatory and study with Konstantin Igumnov.
A year later, World War II started and my family had to return to Baku as my father was mobilized to work as a surgeon in a military hospital there.
My mom returned to her work at the Opera Theater. In 1946 I graduated from music school in Baku and again left for Moscow Conservatory. During my third year of studies there (1949), I was chosen to perform at the Fourth International Chopin Competition for Piano in Warsaw. I took first place, together with Halina Czerny-Stefańska.
My success in Warsaw was celebrated in Azerbaijan. During World War II, many cities of the USSR were under occupation and, of course, cultural activities came to a halt. However, Baku was able to maintain itself as a cultural center at that time. Concert halls were full. People were passionate about music.
The first important success in my life was winning the Chopin Competition. It gave me the possibility at the age of 21 to travel and perform all over the Soviet Union and abroad. That led to my coming to the United States where, at the age of 51, I made my debut at Carnegie Hall. Nobody had really heard me there but the Hall was sold out. This recognition created the possibility for me to perform with the best orchestras and musicians in the most important music halls of the world - Japan, Israel, South America, Europe and the States" (...)
In 1988, Davidovich became the first Soviet émigré musician to receive an official invitation from the Soviet agency Goskoncert to perform in her native country during Gorbachev's period of Perestroika. She played concertos, a recital with her son Dmitry Sitkovetsky playing the violin, and chamber music with the Borodin String Quartet to sold-out halls.
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