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Dejan Lazicís Ingenious Adaptation of Brahmsí Violin Concerto for Piano in Finland

The adaptor Dejan Lazic will be the piano soloist at the Finnish premiere of his adaptation of Johannes Brahms‘ Violin Concerto for piano and orchestra on 16 March 2018 in Tampere. Lazic will be accompanied by the Tampere Filharmonia conducted by Tung-Chieh Chuang.
The pianist, composer and adaptor Dejan Lazic explains the work as follows:
“I have always been fascinated by the idea of making a version of the Brahms Violin Concerto for piano and orchestra in order to give pianists an equal opportunity to interpret this wonderful music. The sources of my inspiration were the piano versions of the violin concertos of Bach and Beethoven made by the composers themselves. We know that Brahms also prepared arrangements and transcriptions of his own and other composers‘ works. Out of the conviction that these were justified, I hope that Brahms would have accepted my attempt in a friendly manner. The question remains as to whether this attempt is an arrangement or a transcription. I aimed to transfer the violin part, in strict accordance with the original, onto Brahms’ piano style without any sacrifice of musical substance. I added my own cadenza because no original one has been handed down. In so doing, I tried to imagine how Brahms would have accomplished this task. The orchestral part has remained unchanged.“ (Dejan Lazic)

Finnish Premiere: Johannes Brahms / Dejan Lazic
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 (based on the Violin Concerto)                       
(Dejan Lazic, piano, Tampere Filharmonia, cond.: Tung-Chieh Chuang)

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