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Sir SIMON RATTLE & ANDRÁS SCHIFF piano BIRMINGHAM SyO BARTOK Concerto Nº2 I / III LIVE
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Bartok Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Sz. 95, BB 101 (1930--31) is one of the composer's more accessible compositions for audiences It is especially notorious for being one of the most difficult pieces in the repertoire. Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 1 (1926), had not been very popular at the time. Because Bartók wrote most of his piano music for his own use as a performer throughout Europe and the United States, he wanted a work with more universal appeal. Though Bartók completed the Second Concerto in October 1931, it was not premiered until January 23, 1933 in Frankfurt—the last time Bartók ever performed in soon-to-be Nazified Germany. The Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Hans Rosbaud, known for his anti-Nazi views. The first performance in Hungary was later that same year, by Louis Kentner, with an orchestra conducted by Otto Klemperer.(Wikipedis) Louis Kentner was my closed friend...!