Gareth Farr: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra (Orchestra)
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
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About this work:
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra was commissioned by New Zealand philanthropist, Professor Jack C. Richards and premiered by pianist Tony Lee with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Pietari Inkinen at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand on 28 March 2014.
Reflecting on this work, Farr writes:
‘I’m obsessed with the piano concerto as a musical and dramatic concept and I’ve wanted to write one since I was 17. The work pays homage to my compositional heroes; Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Bartók, and Ravel – all of them being masters of writing for this form. ‘Piano Concertos have long been stereotyped as romantic, sweeping and epic. In this work I have touched on this idea but for the most part I’ve focused on darker symphonic explorations. There is an ominous urgency to much of the first and third movements while the second has an almost machine-like atmosphere.’