An exciting programme and a brilliant soloist – the Berliner Philharmoniker’s New Year’s Eve concert under Sir Simon Rattle has all the ingredients to put the audience in a party mood in a rousing start to a festive New Year’s Eve. Star pianist Daniil Trifonov stands out in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3, a work of extreme virtuosity that demands truly outstanding skills of the pianist.
It is regarded by many as the most difficult piano concerto of all time. Rachmaninov – according to Trifonov – introduces a theme in a rather simple setting, and then gradually makes it more complex in structure. The Russian pianist, who won the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2011 when he was only 20 years of age, does not see the difficulties of the piece in its technical realisation: “It demands a lot of spiritual powers on the part of the performer. It’s really the emotional challenge that leaves you exhausted after a performance.” The other items of the programme of the New Year’s Eve concert are humorous, lively and dance-like: the concert opens with Dmitri Kabalevsky’s engaging overture to Colas Breugnon. Sir Simon Rattle then takes us to the world of British humour with orchestral pieces from William Walton’s Façade, before the concert comes to a lively close with Antonín Dvořák’s virtuoso Slavonic Dances.
Don’t miss it!
You don’t have to miss the concert: a cinema near you will be showing the concert live at 5 p.m. (CET) on 31 December 2016. The event will also be broadcast live from 5:25 p.m. on the German TV channel ARD and rbb’s Kulturradio. The Digital Concert Hall will also broadcast the concert live from 5:15 p.m.