Jean Sibelius: Valse Triste, Op 44, No 1 Wolfgang A. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major Johannes Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11
Sibelius's Valse Triste is one of his most personal and passionate works. Together with Brahms' early Serenade, it serves as the bookends to tonight's program. Sandwiched in between is Mozart's exquisite Piano Concerto No. 13. Written during his early years in Vienna (1783), the composer describes the concerto as "a happy medium between what is too easy and too difficult; it is very brilliant, pleasing to the ear, and natural, without being vapid."
ABOUT THE SOLOIST Praised by musicians, audiences, and music critics as an “enfant terrible of Maltese piano”, Charlene Farrugia is one of the most prominent performers of the younger generation. Her extensive performances took off after her debut with the National Orchestra of Malta at the age of 13. Since then, she has been a regular soloist with the orchestra, being asked to open the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra season on several occasions. Her solo appearances with the Orchestra include Mendelssohn’s 1st Piano Concerto, Poulenc’s Concerto for 2 pianos, Grieg’s Piano Concerto, the Bicentenary Celebration of Chopin’s birth in 2010 performing Chopin’s 2nd Piano Concerto, Rachmaninov’s 4th Piano Concerto, Ravel’s Concerto pour la main gauche… Her debut CD, recorded for NAXOS, features the 1st Piano Concerto by Maltese national composer Charles Camilleri, played alongside the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.