When we hear Joseph Haydn’s name, we first associate it with classical symphonies and string quartets. However, the composer’s field of work was extremely wide, covering almost all classical genres. Haydn considered the orchestra to be his most important instrument, so it is not surprising that he wrote only about 50 solo concerti, among them concerti for violin, cello, horn, wheel lyre, trumpet, and the largest number of them, 12, for piano. The most popular of them is No. 11 in D major. The composer worked on this Concerto in 1780–1783; its premiere took place in 1784 in Paris. Up until the end of the century, it was performed on both harpsichord and piano. Like many of Haydn’s other works, this Concerto is optimistic, with no dramatic emotions or philosophical generalizations. The first movement Vivace is full of bright contrasts and pulsating energy. The second movement Un poco Adagio is extremely expressive and lyrical. The third movement is an adventurous Rondo all’Ungarese. The Concerto concludes with buoyant Hungarian dance rhythms.
The first Viennese classicist’s opus is performed by one of the most famous Lithuanian pianists Lukas Geniušas together with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra. Giedrė Šlekytė, a young conductor conquering the world stages, graces the podium.
ORCHESTRA: LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
CONDUCTOR: GIEDRĖ ŠLEKYTĖ
PIANO: LUKAS GENIUŠAS