Rafael Kubelík conducts Haydn, Schoenberg & Tchaikovsky (Live) John Ogdon, Philharmonia Orchestra & Rafael Kubelik

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Album Info

Album Veröffentlichung:
2022

HRA-Veröffentlichung:
02.09.2022

Label: audite Musikproduktion

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Concertos

Interpret: John Ogdon, Philharmonia Orchestra & Rafael Kubelik

Komponist: Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951), Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowsky (1840-1893)

Das Album enthält Albumcover Booklet (PDF)

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  • Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809): Symphony No. 99 in E-Flat Major, Hob.I:99 ("London Symphony" No. 7):
  • 1Haydn: Symphony No. 99 in E-Flat Major, Hob.I:99 ("London Symphony" No. 7): I. Adagio - Vivace assai (Live)06:49
  • 2Haydn: Symphony No. 99 in E-Flat Major, Hob.I:99 ("London Symphony" No. 7): II. Adagio (Live)06:19
  • 3Haydn: Symphony No. 99 in E-Flat Major, Hob.I:99 ("London Symphony" No. 7): III. Menuett. Allegretto - Trio (Live)06:05
  • 4Haydn: Symphony No. 99 in E-Flat Major, Hob.I:99 ("London Symphony" No. 7): IV. Finale. Vivace (Live)04:36
  • Arnold Schoenberg (1874 - 1951): Piano Concerto, Op. 42:
  • 5Schoenberg: Piano Concerto, Op. 42: I. Andante (Live)04:22
  • 6Schoenberg: Piano Concerto, Op. 42: II. Molto Allegro (Live)02:47
  • 7Schoenberg: Piano Concerto, Op. 42: III. Adagio (Live)05:24
  • 8Schoenberg: Piano Concerto, Op. 42: IV. Giocoso (Moderato) (Live)05:43
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893): Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36:
  • 9Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con Anima (Live)18:09
  • 10Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: II. Andantino in modo di Canzona (Live)09:26
  • 11Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: III. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro (Live)05:15
  • 12Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: IV. Finale. Allegro con Fuoco (Live)09:30
  • Total Runtime01:24:25

Info zu Rafael Kubelík conducts Haydn, Schoenberg & Tchaikovsky (Live)

Im Sommer 1968, wenige Tage nach der brutalen Niederschlagung des "Prager Frühlings", dirigierte der Exiltscheche Rafael Kubelík in seiner Wahlheimat Luzern ein packendes Konzert: Eine vitale Haydn-Sinfonie und eine leidenschaftlich glühende Vierte von Tschaikowsky umrahmten Schönbergs Klavierkonzert - zugleich der einzige Auftritt der britischen Klavierlegende John Ogdon beim Lucerne Festival.

"Kubelík setzte sich für die Tschaikowsky-Symphonie ein, als sei sie eine Siegeserklärung des Geistes, der Freiheit über alle Mächte des Schicksals", urteilte damals ein Kritiker über das Abschlusskonzert des Lucerne Summer Festivals 1968. Die historischen Parallelen zur aktuellen Situation mit dem russischen Angriffskrieg in der Ukraine sind unübersehbar: Wenige Tage vor Rafael Kubelíks Auftritt war die sozialistische Reformbewegung in Prag von den Panzern des Warschauer Pakts brutal niedergeschlagen worden. Kubelík, ein Tscheche im Exil, der sich für ein Leben in Luzern entschieden hatte, plädierte nicht nur für einen Bruch in den künstlerischen Beziehungen - ein Aufruf, dem sich Musiker wie Arthur Rubinstein, Yehudi Menuhin und Igor Strawinsky anschlossen. Er hatte die Luzerner Konzertbesucher auch um Unterstützung für seine "Stiftung für tschechoslowakische Emigranten nach dem 21. August 1968" gebeten. Kubelíks dramatisch zugespitzte Lesart von Tschaikowskys Vierter Sinfonie besticht durch auffallend abrupte Tempo- und Tonartwechsel und steigert die orchestrale Virtuosität im Finale zu einem Furor.

Das Gastspiel des New Philharmonia Orchestra, wie sich das Philharmonia Orchestra nach einer Abspaltung und Neugründung vorübergehend nannte, eröffnete er mit Haydns Symphonie Es-Dur Hob. I: 99. Ein weiterer Höhepunkt: Schönbergs Klavierkonzert mit John Ogdon als Solist, der dieses Werk noch nie aufgenommen hat. Mit untrüglichem Gespür für die abrupt wechselnden Charaktere dieser Musik und ihre ständigen Variationsprozesse gelang Ogdon und Kubelík eine textgetreue, nachvollziehbare Interpretation.

Alle drei Live-Aufnahmen sind Erstveröffentlichungen. Das 32-seitige, dreisprachige Booklet enthält ein Porträt des Dirigenten von Wolfgang Stähr und zeigt bisher unveröffentlichte Fotos aus dem Festivalarchiv.

In Zusammenarbeit mit audite präsentiert Lucerne Festival in der Reihe "Historic Performances" herausragende Konzertmitschnitte einflussreicher Festivalkünstler. Ziel der Edition ist es, bisher weitgehend unveröffentlichte Schätze aus den ersten sechs Jahrzehnten des Festivals zu heben, das 1938 mit einem "Concert de Gala" unter der Leitung von Arturo Toscanini ins Leben gerufen wurde. Die Tondokumente stammen aus dem Archiv von SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, das die Luzerner Konzerte von Anfang an regelmässig übertragen hat. Sie sind klanglich sorgfältig restauriert und werden durch Materialien und Fotos aus dem Archiv von Lucerne Festival ergänzt: eine Klanggeschichte des Festivals.

John Ogdon, Klavier
Neues Philharmonisches Orchester
Rafael Kubelik, Dirigent




John Ogdon
was awarded joint first prize at the 1962 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. It was an extraordinary enough achievement to prompt front-page headlines even in his home country, and it propelled Ogdon and his fellow gold medallist, Vladimir Ashkenazy, into stellar (if very different) careers.

Ogdon was, by any normal standards, an unusual keyboard phenomenon. The remarkable catholicity of his repertoire went hand in hand with a staggering technique and a legendary sight-reading ability. He could be presented with the most complex score and deliver a flawless performance after giving it only the briefest of glances; indeed, his students enjoyed testing this astonishing gift by placing full orchestral scores before him. During one recording session late in life, Ogdon was persuaded to play through a piece he had not come across before; after a brief perusal of the score, he began. At one point the page-turner deliberately turned two pages at once. Undeterred, Ogdon continued to play the correct text as if nothing had happened.

Ogdon was naturally drawn to music that offered huge technical challenges – the more complex the better, it seemed: the concertos by Busoni, Schoenberg and Tippett, for instance; the worlds of Alkan, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Ronald Stevenson and Sorabji; and tough new works by such as his Manchester contemporaries Harrison Birtwistle, Alexander Goehr and Peter Maxwell Davies. He had, in the words of Ates Orga, an "almost primeval hunger for notes". He also mastered the two-piano repertoire with Brenda Lucas, whom he married in 1960. Nearly 80 composers feature in his discography. Beethoven is there (though very little Mozart), as is Chopin, but he frequently seemed confined by the more formal aspects of their music.

John Ogdon’s particular kind of musical mind, married to an adventurous, enquiring spirit (he was also the composer of over 200 works, as well as being an essayist and teacher), was a rare enough combination. But to this was attached a nature so modest, unpretentious and self-effacing as to make him vulnerable to the whims of others. To those of us who saw and heard this great, bespectacled, benign bear of a man on the concert platform, especially towards the end of his life, he was an endearing, sometimes shambling figure, who could confound the expectations of his audience with the power and delicacy of his playing.

John Andrew Howard Ogdon was born on 27 January 1937 at Mansfield Woodhouse in Nottinghamshire. (In April 2002 a commemorative bust of the town’s most famous son was unveiled in the Mansfield Palace Theatre.) He studied with the Russian Iso Elinson at the Royal Manchester College from 1945, with the quintessentially English Claud Biggs, Gordon Green and Denis Matthews, the Dutch-German Egon Petri and the Hungarian Ilona Kabos. Petri, himself a great disciple of Busoni, described Ogdon as "the most remarkable student I have ever taught". After many concerts in the north, he came to notice in 1958 when he stood in for an indisposed soloist in Liverpool and played the second Brahms Concerto virtually at sight. Later that year, he again impressed Liverpool with the first of many performances of Busoni’s mammoth concerto, a work he would famously go on to record. His Henry Wood Proms debut (the subject of much confusion with the preceding occasion) took place on 8 August 1959, when he gave the E flat Concerto of Liszt under Basil Cameron. Shortly thereafter came a brilliant London recital debut, on 29 September at the Wigmore Hall. Ogdon’s characteristic programme opened with Bach (three Contrapuncti from The Art of Fugue), Beethoven and Brahms before going on to take in Balakirev (Islamey), Busoni and Liszt (the last a composer he was to record more than any other). Between then and the Tchaikovsky competition he gained the Busoni Prize (1960) and the Liszt Prize (1961).

Ogdon had a mere eleven years left to him as one of the world’s most sought-after pianists before his career was abruptly interrupted in the autumn of 1973, when he suffered a breakdown, a victim of the schizophrenia that had also afflicted his father. After a period of recuperation, he was well enough to give lessons and masterclasses as professor of piano at Indiana University from 1975 to 1980. While Ogdon engaged in some limited concert touring during his time in the USA, it was not until the early 1980s that he ventured a full return to the concert platform. If, unsurprisingly, he was not always able consistently to recapture the glory of the buccaneering days before his tragic illness, there were nonetheless numerous occasions when one of the greatest pianists Britain has ever produced could be heard once more in his true magnificence. An outstanding example was the celebrated performance of Sorabji’s four-hour Opus clavicembalisticum that he gave at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, in 1988. John Ogdon died quite suddenly from broncho-pneumonia on 1 August 1989 at the age of 52.



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