The name of the Jāzeps Vītols International Pianist Competition laureate, the St. Petersburg-born and London-schooled pianist Anton Lyakhovsky is well known to the Latvian audience. Pieces by Sergei Prokofiev and Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and Ludwig Van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart have been presented to the Latvian audiences through the prism of his performance. Now it is Franz Liszt’s turn, as Antons’ own palm size approaches the gigantic hands of Liszt.
The structurally peculiar, melodic and stormy Piano Concerto No. 2 is the closing piece to Liszt’s virtuoso period. Thematically, it is a concert of great contrasts as the musical journey takes the listener from ominous cliffs and bottomless chasms to elated fields of endless happiness in just a couple of leaps. The theme of the harsh natural world will be continued by Jean Sibelius's Karelia Suite, and Sergei Rachmaninoff will put Slavic music to use in depicting a kind of a Promised Land.
Franz Liszt’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in A major, S.125, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44
Anton Lyakhovsky, piano
Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Andris Poga