Thursday, 07_09_2017 8 p.m. | Grafenegg Festival | Tour
Saturday, 09_09_2017 7_30 p.m. | Grafenegg Festival | Tour

Sergei Rakhmaninov

Sergei Rakhmaninov, one of the greatest pianists of all time and one of the most outstanding melodists amongst composers, was born at Oneg, near Novgorod, on 20 March 1873 (1 April New Style), into a musical family. In 1888 Rakhmaninov began to study...  more

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18

Besides his Prélude in C-sharp minor, Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto is his most famous and most frequently performed work. The success of this composition must have been like a stroke of liberation for the introverted composer. Neither his 1st...

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Anton Bruckner

Opinions once varied on the music of Anton Bruckner (born on September 4, 1824 in Ansfelden, near Linz), who ranks amongst the great symphonists after Beethoven. While one faction regarded him as a destroyer of traditions, the other side ecstatically...  more

Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major (2nd version from 1877/78 with the finale from 1880)

“Romantic” was the name Anton Bruckner himself gave to his Fourth Symphony, supplying it with a fitting, associative comment, which he communicated to his friend and first biographer August Göllrich: “Mediæval city – dawn – the sound of the town...

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Valery Gergiev, conductor

Born in Moscow, Valery Gergiev initially studied conducting under Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory. While still a student, he won the Herbert von Karajan conducting competition in Berlin. In 1978, aged 24, Valery Gergiev became assistant...  more

Daniil Trifonov, piano

Moments before Daniil Trifonov performs, profound silence invariably takes possession of his audience. Its intensity depends not on concert hall convention; rather, it arises naturally from the Russian pianist’s power to transcend the mundane and...  more