Antwerp Symphony Orchestra on a Visit in Vilnius
SERGEI RACHMANINOV – Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK – Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88
Possibly one of the leading Belgian collectives, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra can boast its long history. Established more than two hundred years ago, in 1814, and today based in the new Queen Elisabeth Hall in Antwerp the Orchestra performs throughout Belgium. Tonight, it visits the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall. Together with Czech pianist Lukáš Vondráček, the indisputable winner of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in 2016, and Hong Kongese conductor Elim Chan, current principal conductor of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, the musicians will present academic music masterpieces. The concert programme includes Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto, composed in 1909. Even though it was one of his last compositions, it beams with joy and memories of idyllic walks and horse-riding during summers spent in Ivanovka. Many a pianist considers this concerto to be extremely challenging. While the Eight Symphony composed in 1889 by Antonín Dvořák, who called himself “a simple Czech musician”, is the second of his Three Great Symphonies (together with symphonies No. 7 and No. 9). Dvořák composed the symphony in an amazingly short time – the two-and-a-half-months!
Project supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania