Liszt and Rott performed by the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France – with the pianist Boris Berezovsky

Conductor Constantin Trinks conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, performing the Piano Concerto no.1 and the Totentanz by Franz Liszt (alongside pianiste Boris Berezovsky), and the Symphony no.1 in E major by Hans Rott. Recorded on 13 April 2018 at the Auditorium of Radio France (Paris).

Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio

The Piano Concerto no.1 by Franz Liszt boasted a prestigious casting for its first ever performance in 1855 at the Weimar castle « Schloss Weimar »: the composer was also the soloist, and the conductor was none other than Hector Berlioz himself!

A different style entirely, the Totentanz (Dance of Death) by the same Liszt was first performed twenty years later. Centred on a game of theme and variations, one can only admire the monstrous virtuosity required by the pianist. 

A relatively unknown work, the Symphony no.1 in E major by Hans Rott (1880) was never performed during its composer’s lifetime. A cross between the music of Wagner and Mahler, the work was nonetheless faced with numerous rejections and refusals. Concurrently, Hans Rott slowly descended into madness, and died four years later at the age of 26. His work was discovered almost a century later.


Franz LisztPiano Concerto no.1

Hans RottSymphony no.1

Boris Berezovsky piano
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio FranceConstantin Trinks conductor