“As one of the leading composers of our time and an outstanding conductor of contemporary music in particular, Peter Eötvös collaborated regularly with the Berliner Philharmoniker. He has now died at the age of 80. The world premiere of Eötvös’s Cello Concerto Grosso in 2011, which the versatile artist spoke about at length with horn player Sarah Willis beforehand, is one of their special shared memories.”


“For Peter Eötvös, composing is “the enchantment of the listener through sound”. Here, the composer presented one result of this concept with the premiere of his Cello Concerto Grosso. In addition, there is tempestuous music and psychological drama in the second half of the concert, when Eötvös conducts the Coronation and Death Scenes from Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. The soloists are the cellist Miklós Perényi and the bass-baritone Ferruccio Furlanetto. Slovak Philharmonic Choir”*

*Also Mussorgsky’s Night on Bare Mountain in Rimsky-Korsakov’s version.


The interview is free-to-view; the concert may not be.