They both sought out the seeds of musical growth far from the cultural capitals of their day. Joseph Haydn, innovator of the symphony, worked for 30 years at Esterházy Castle, where he felt ‘cut off from the world’ – and, for that very reason, free to be ‘original’; while Béla Bartók, the great Hungarian, found himself irresistibly drawn to the countryside, immersing himself in its authentic oral tradition of folk music.
Fire, Finesse, Flair - It lasted 12 months, a complete ‘career break’: in 2012 Till Fellner returned to music-making after a year away from the concert hall, during which he deepened his knowledge of film, literature and composition, and prepared new repertoire. Only for Bernard Haitink did he interrupt his sabbatical, accepting an invitation to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto in E flat K.482 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This season, he is the Bamberg Symphony’s Artist in Residence.