22, 23, 25 September 2021

Rachmaninoff and Strauss

Alan Gilbert, conductor

Gerstein Kirill

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September 2021 Wednesday 20:15
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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September 2021 Thursday 20:15
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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September 2021 Saturday 19:30
Sala Mare a Palatului, Bucharest
Rumania
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Carl Nielsen Helios-Ouvertüre
Richard Strauss Burleske for piano and orchestra
Serge Rachmaninoff Rhapsodie on a theme of Paganini
Carl Nielsen Symphony No. 5

The Concertgebouworkest had a very special bond with Richard Strauss.

Carl Nielsen, Richard Strauss and Serge Rachmaninoff: audibly rooted in romanticism, all three worked with the Concertgebouworkest either as a conductor or soloist.

Kirill Gerstein is performing as soloist in Richard Strauss’s Burleske and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The Concertgebouworkest forged close ties early on with Strauss, who led the orchestra in his own works many times in Amsterdam. His Burleske is a miniature piano concerto. This early homage to Brahms was a great success when it was premiered.

Serge Rachmaninoff performed multiple times as pianist with the Concertgebouworkest. He made a comeback as a composer with his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, demonstrating that Russian romanticism was still very much alive and well in 1934.

Nielsen’s early overture Helios is a cheerful piece, while the poignant Fifth Symphony bears all the traces of the marital crisis in which he then found himself. Both works are still very compelling today.

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