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Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra: Rachmaninoff / R. StraussJames Gaffigan (conductor), Seong-Jin Cho (piano)

Please note the change of conductor: Zubin Mehta is unfortunately ill and will be replaced by James Gaffigan.

Portrait photo of the pianist Seong-Jin Cho
Copyright: Christoph Köstlin

The BRSO is looking forward to reuniting with South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho, who has long been one of the world’s top pianists and who stepped in to replace Lang Lang at a charity concert in 2018.

Please note the change of conductor: Zubin Mehta is unfortunately ill and will be replaced by James Gaffigan.

The BRSO is looking forward to reuniting with South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho, who has long been one of the world’s top pianists and who stepped in to replace Lang Lang at a charity concert in 2018.

  • Seong-Jin Cho, piano
  • James Gaffigan (replaces Zubin Mehta), conductor

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 3 is often affectionately referred to as “Rach 3”. Composed in 1909 for Rachmaninoff’s first American tour, it has always been overshadowed by his popular Piano Concerto No 2, even though it is a particularly brilliant and mesmerising work. It is the longest of his four piano concertos, reputedly contains the most piano notes per second and is the most demanding of the four in terms of technique. Despite all that, it is neither showy nor superficial and is characterised by recurring quiet tones.

The concert is conducted by Zubin Mehta, who has developed a particularly close working relationship with the orchestra in recent years. The first of four successive programmes sees him conduct Strauss’ “Also sprach Zarathustra” – featuring the famous sunrise fanfare and a hymnic tone that make it one of the composer’s most popular tone poems.

Programme

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No 3 in D minor, Op 30
  • Richard Strauss: “Also sprach Zarathustra”, Op 30

Introduction at 6:45 PM, free admission with a valid concert ticket