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Munich Philharmonic: Strauss / Grieg / BachKent Nagano (conductor), Jan Lisiecki (piano)

Young pianist Jan Lisiecki sits on the piano stool in front of a black grand piano
Copyright: Christoph Köstlin

Edvard Grieg once described his music as “brown bread with oysters and caviar” – highly artistic, but with a distinctly Norwegian folkloristic note. His piano concerto embodies this unique style to perfection.

Edvard Grieg once described his music as “brown bread with oysters and caviar” – highly artistic, but with a distinctly Norwegian folkloristic note. His piano concerto embodies this unique style to perfection.

  • Jan Lisiecki, piano
  • Kent Nagano, conductor

With its virtuoso cascades of sound and dreamy, lyrical passages, Grieg’s Piano Concerto is one of the showpieces of the young Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki. The work is bookended by two compositions that take different approaches to regarding the music of the Baroque period from a 20th century perspective. For his “Der Bürger als Edelmann” suite, Richard Strauss drew inspiration from courtly music by Jean-Baptiste Lully, reframing it with his own compositional means. In Ottorino Respighi’s arrangement of Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, baroque spirituality unfolds in vivid cascades of sound.

Programme

  • Richard Strauss: Suite from “Der Bürger als Edelmann” for orchestra, Op 60 (IIIa)
  • Edvard Grieg: Concerto for piano and orchestra in A minor, Op 16
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor BWV 582 (orchestral version by Ottorino Respighi)