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Munich Philharmonic: Ravel / BerliozLahav Shani (conductor), Seong-Jin Cho (piano)

Porträt des Dirigtenten Lahav Shani
Copyright: Marco Borggreve

Acclaimed South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho plays Ravel and Berlioz at the Isarphilharmonie.

Acclaimed South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho plays Ravel and Berlioz at the Isarphilharmonie.

  • Seong-Jin Cho, piano
  • Lahav Shani, conductor

Seong-Jin Cho is feted like a pop star in his native South Korea – and no wonder. This shy and sensitive pianist was the first Korean to win the prestigious Chopin Competition, driving South Korean enthusiasm for classical music to fresh heights. But his fan base is also growing steadily in the rest of the classical music world.  In 2020, he thrilled audiences at the Munich Philharmonic as a stand-in for Yuja Wang and is now returning with Ravel’s lively Piano Concerto in G major, which is peppered with Rococo and jazz elements. Ravel’s explanation for the work’s playful elegance is that there is absolutely no need to “aim for depth and dramatic effects” in a concerto. His compatriot Hector Berlioz would certainly beg differ with regard to his stirring “Symphonie fantastique”.  Probably the most inventive composer of the 19th century, Berlioz created an orchestral drama par excellence with his symphony, which tells of longings for love, an execution and a witches’ sabbath.

Programme

  • Maurice Ravel: Concerto for piano and orchestra in G major
  • Hector Berlioz: “Symphonie fantastique”, Op 14