Nov 29, 2013
As part of “Rhapsody in Blue,” a concert of works by Gershwin and Ravel, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents a performance of Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand. This masterpiece of ingenuity was commissioned by Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, brother of the philosopher Ludwig. A budding concert pianist who made a promising debut in 1913, Wittgenstein was conscripted when war broke out. During an assault on Ukraine, he was shot in the elbow and captured by Russian forces, and his right arm was amputated. While he recuperated in a Siberian prisoner-of-war camp, Wittgenstein vowed to continue his career, and went on to commission a number of famous composers, including Ravel, Benjamin Britten, Paul Hindemith, Sergei Prokofiev, and Richard Strauss, to write works specifically for him. Sponsored by Paycor and PNC.
This program is presented as part of “Cincinnati Remembers WWI,” a citywide series of events commemorating the centenary of the First World War and anticipating Cincinnati Opera's production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera “Silent Night” in July 2014. For more information, please visit www.cincinnatiopera.org/WWI.
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