Dvorak Piano Concerto in G minor, Opus 33

The Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 33, was the first of three concertos that Antonín Dvořák completed—it was followed by a violin concerto and then a cello concerto—and the piano concerto is probably the least known and least performed. Dvořák composed his piano concerto from late August through 14 September 1876. Its autograph version contains many corrections, erasures, cuts and additions, the bulk of which were made in the piano part. The work was premiered in Prague on 24 March 1878, with the orchestra of the Prague Provisional Theatre As the eminent music critic Harold C. Schonberg put it, Dvořák wrote "an attractive Piano Concerto in G minor with a rather ineffective piano part, a beautiful Violin Concerto in A minor, and a supreme Cello Concerto in B minor" Antonín Dvořák's youthful Piano Concerto in G minor, op. 33, has received less attention than his beloved Concertos for Violin and Cello. It was prominently revived in the 1940s by Czech pianist Rudolf Firkušný, himself a friend of Dvořák's son-in-law Josef Suk and pupil of Dvořák's associate Vilém Kurz (who extensively re-wrote sections of the piece, a source of some controversy). WIKIPEDIA

VIDEO: Pianist Sara Davis Buechner performs Antonin Dvorak's Piano Concerto in G minor, opus 33 with the Victoria Symphony and Bernhard Gueller, live at the Royal Theatre in Victoria, B.C., Canada.

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