In Mieczysław Weinberg, born in 1919, the highly complex 20th century is condensed: As a child of Moldavian Jews who fled to Krakow in 1903, he was forced to flee again after the German invasion of Poland and immediately came into Stalin's focus. Dmitri Shostakovich, who together with Weinberg was accused of "formalism", stood up for his colleague. Both remained lifelong friends, both created numerous symphonies. But Weinberg is not an epigone, as his chamber music-inspired works show: The Third, written in 1949, reflects the postulate of socialist realism, but processes the required folk songs in a surprisingly unconventional way.
A concert introduction will be offered 45 minutes before the beginning of each performance in the opera cellar of the Semperoper.
Rudolf Buchbinder is one of the legendary artists of our time. His piano playing is an unparalleled fusion of the authority of a career spanning more than sixty years with spirit and spontaneity.
His renditions of Ludwig van Beethoven's works are considered to be exemplary. He has performed the thirty-two piano sonatas sixty times in cycles all over the world and developed the story of their interpretation over decades. He was the first pianist to play all Beethoven sonatas at the Salzburg Festival during a festival summer.
In the 2019/20 season, for the first time in its 150-year history, the Musikverein Vienna was granting a single pianist, Rudolf Buchbinder, the honour of performing all five Beethoven piano concertos with five world class orchestras and conductors in a specially edited cycle. Buchbinder's partners in this unprecedented constellation were the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Andris Nelsons, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Riccardo Muti and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Staatskapelle Dresden under their chief conductors Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev and Christian Thielemann.
Together with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons, Rudolf Buchbinder also returned to the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Philharmonie de Paris, the Philharmonie Luxembourg and the Carnegie Hall New York as part of a tour.
Based on Beethoven's monumental Diabelli Variations, Rudolf Buchbinder initiated a new cycle of Diabelli Variations written for him by eleven leading contemporary composers of different generations and backgrounds. The world first recording of the New Diabelli Variations marks the beginning of Rudolf Buchbinder's exclusive partnership with Deutsche Grammophon. The album "The Diabelli Project" was released in March 2020.
Rudolf Buchbinder is an honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Society of Friends of Music in Vienna, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Numerous award-winning recordings document his career.