It was to have been the culmination of Leonard Bernstein's Beethoven cycle: the recording of all five piano concertos with a leading pianist of the younger generation. What it became is an example of enlightened music-making, the document of an incredible empathy between conductor, soloist and orchestra - an empathy so strong that it overrode even the maestro's death. In Krystian Zimerman, Bernstein had found a congenial partner. But the full extent of Zimerman's congeniality emerged only after the maestro's death on 14 October 1990. Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 5 had been recorded. A decision had to be taken with regard to concertos Nos. 1 and 2: either a new conductor had to be found or, following the practice of the 18th and early 19th centuries, the orchestra would be entrusted to the soloist. The latter alternative was chosen - a decision applauded throughout the music world.


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Hier findet ihr Konzerte, die auch auf dem Programm der Orchester der Musikschulen Niederösterreich stehen. So könnt Ihr Euch bei den besten Orchestern und Künstlern der Welt Inspiration und Tipps holen und Euch vielleicht das Eine oder Andere auch abschauen.