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Munich Philharmonic: Wagner / Rachmaninoff / BrahmsThomas Hengelbrock (conductor), Alexandre Kantorow (piano)

Conductor Thomas Hengelbrock sits in the auditorium and smiles at the camera
Copyright: Florence Grandidier

Rachmaninoff had yet to reach adulthood when he wrote his sweeping first work at the age of 17. The colourful score shows indications of his youthful impetuosity, as well as of his romantic role models Grieg and Tchaikovsky.

Rachmaninoff had yet to reach adulthood when he wrote his sweeping first work at the age of 17. The colourful score shows indications of his youthful impetuosity, as well as of his romantic role models Grieg and Tchaikovsky.

  • Alexandre Kantorow, piano
  • Thomas Hengelbrock, conductor

Alexandre Kantarow, the first French winner of the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition, is the soloist. The early work by the Russian composer is bracketed by major German composers Wagner and Brahms, who are polar opposites. While Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer” is the final stage of his journey towards musical drama and thus to the perfect blend of poetry, music and scenic presentation, Brahms reached the pinnacle of absolute music with his first symphony.

Programme

  • Richard Wagner: Overture to “Der Fliegende Holländer”
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in F sharp minor, Op 1
  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 68