Netherlands Liszt Utrecht 2022 , Grand Finale – Schubert, Liszt: Yukine Kuroki, Yeon-min Park, Derek Wang, Radu Ratering (piano), Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra / Christien Reif (conductor). Grote Zaal, TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, 29.9.2022. (LV)
Schubert (transcribed by Liszt) – Grosse Fantasie, Op.15, ‘Symphonisch bearbeitet für Piano und Orchester’
Liszt – ‘Hungarian Fantasy’ for piano and orchestra
Franz Schubert wrote his Fantasy Op.15, which we generally name the ‘Wanderer Fantasy’, for solo piano in 1822. It is among the best checks within the pianist’s repertoire, and far of it’s written in a semi-orchestral model created out of violently troublesome passagework. By 1851, Franz Liszt had accomplished his association of the Fantasy beneath Schubert’s identify, and titled it Grosse Fantasie’ Op.15, ‘Symphonisch bearbeitet für Piano und Orchester von Franz Liszt’. It was not a concerto however a symphony for piano and orchestra by which the orchestra added a brand new palette of instrumental colours, dynamic vary and sweep whereas bringing out interior voices normally solely examine within the rating.
Based on Leslie Howard, ‘Liszt’s predilection for Schubert’s Fantasy turned virtually a preoccupation’. He would go on to rewrite the Fantasy in a simplified model, and he even printed a two-piano model of the orchestral model. The model with orchestra was a classical music rockstar’s fantasy by which the conductor can be an extension of the pianist’s gestures.
It was additionally a troublesome take a look at for the three finalists. Together with the opposite seven semifinalists, every needed to study the piece along with the repertoire for his or her 4 semifinal rounds, realizing that they had solely a thirty % probability of attending to play it in any respect. Extra importantly, Liszt integrates the piano so fully into the orchestra that any efficiency, even by skilled pianists, relies upon closely on the conductor’s view. It might need been regarded as a standard competitors take a look at piece pitting the virtuosity and energy of the pianist towards the may of a full symphony orchestra, however within the three performances it additionally prompt an unlimited symphonic poem by which the piano performed the starring position. Piano concerto, one may say, and ‘Scheherazade’.
Derek Wang mixed firepower with the Aristocracy and generosity however was overwhelmed too typically to make a coherent contiguous case. Flashing fireworks herself, Yukine Kuroki typically nestled herself contained in the Fantasy on the locations of its purest magnificence and purred. Yeon-min Park swept the music together with daring poetry and arcs of classical symmetry as if Schubert himself had made the association. The principal flute was thrilling and the principal cellist magnificent of their solos. For those who had laid the three performances over one another, you’ll have had the fantasy Liszt imagined. It could have helped every of the finalists if the orchestra hadn’t been so loud.
The judges selected Kuroki to be the winner, and she or he additionally appeared to have received the love of the viewers in line with an unofficial viewers applause meter. A proper Viewers Award and the hearts of many critics and skilled listeners went to Park.
Whereas the judges deliberated their resolution, Radu Ratering, who had received the concurrent NLiszt competitors for Dutch pianists beneath twenty, performed Liszt’s unabashedly Hollywood ‘Hungarian Fantasy’ with the orchestra with severe virtuosity.
Corrections to the earlier Utrecht evaluation: Liszt Utrecht will subsequent happen in 2026 not 2025. Chris Maene’s straight-strung live performance grands for Daniel Barenboim are made in collaboration with, not designed by, the pianist.