The lush, lyrical Violin Concerto of Karl Goldmark has not been heard at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra since the Josef Krips administration, when Krips conducted a performance featuring the legendary violinist Nathan Milstein. That was in 1958, and the reason the concerto has not been heard here since is most likely that for a while, that kind of highly romantic music was out of fashion.
Now, the concerto is attaining new popularity – check out Amazon, and you will find a range of performances by young violinists. This weekend, Goldmark’s beautiful piece will be played by BPO Concertmaster Michael Ludwig. Music Director JoAnn Falletta conducts.
Goldmark (1830-1915) was Hungarian, and this concerto is the centerpiece of “Hungarian Spirit,” the first of two concerts in a row devoted to Hungarian music. Also featured are Zoltan Kodaly’s Variations on the folk song “The Peacock,” Bela Bartok’s Suite from “The Miraculous Mandarin” and Franz Liszt’s famous Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.
The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Kleinhans Music Hall. Admission is $27-$74. For info, call 885-5000.
– Mary Kunz Goldman