Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) presents

Passion Unleashed: Tchaikovsky and Sibelius

Maestro Rafael Payare and the OSM steer the course through a romantic storm of lyricism and passion. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1 is a technically brilliant work of supercharged vitality with folk dance overtones, featuring Israeli-American pianist Inon Barnatan as soloist. Sibelius completed his Symphony no. 1 in 1899, commandeering an idiom inherited from Romanticism while personally branding it with abrupt changes and magical atmospheres.

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Rafael Payare, conductor
Inon Barnatan, piano

“One of the most admired pianists of his generation” (New York Times), Inon Barnatan has established a unique and varied career, equally celebrated as a soloist, curator and collaborator. A regular soloist with many of the world’s foremost orchestras and conductors, he served as the inaugural Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic for three seasons.

During the first part of the 2019-20 season, he played with the symphony orchestras of Minnesota, Dresden, Barcelona, Stockholm, Ottawa, Innsbruck, Tenerife and Los Angeles, recreated Beethoven’s legendary 1808 concert with the Cincinnati Symphony, and finished recording the complete Beethoven piano concertos with Alan Gilbert and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. When public concerts stopped during the pandemic, Barnatan recorded concert films and streamed performances with the symphony orchestras of Boston, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Detroit, New Jersey and San Diego, conducted Mozart and Beethoven concertos from the keyboard with the Seattle Symphony, performed the U.S. premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Piano Concerto with the New World Symphony, and played numerous recitals and chamber music performances online.

 The coming season sees his return to the Chicago Symphony and London Philharmonic, his debuts with the Liverpool Philharmonic and Montreal Symphony orchestras, and the Pentatone release of his “Time-Traveler Suite” album, a program merging Baroque movements by Bach, Handel, Rameau and Couperin with movements by Ravel, Ligeti, Barber and Thomas Adès to create a unique baroque-inspired suite, culminating in Brahms’ Variations on a theme by Handel. The recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, Barnatan is also a sought-after recitalist and chamber musician.

Piano Concerto no. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
Symphony no. 1 in E minor, op. 39

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 2:30pm
Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 7:30pm

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