Sunday, 21_01_2018 11 a.m. | Philharmonie im Gasteig | 3. Abo m
Monday, 22_01_2018 8 p.m. | Philharmonie de Paris | Tour
Tuesday, 23_01_2018 8 p.m. | Kölner Philharmonie | Tour

Peter I. Tschaikowsky

"I consider you the greatest musical talent in present-day Russia", Russian music critic Hermann Laroche is said to have told Peter I. Tschaikowsky (born on April 25th 1840 in Votkinsk). And indeed, with his emotion-laden, voluptuous music, the...  more

"Francesca da Rimini" in E minor Opus 32

Reading Dante´s "Divina Commedia" had inspired Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky to compose his fantasy, "Francesca da Rimini", Opus 32, in 1876. Setting forth the program of the work, the score is preceded by the Fifth Canto from the "Inferno", and when...

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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner's (born on May 22th 1813 in Leipzig) music dramas had an extremely polarizing effect on his contemporaries. While half the public was completely drawn into the emotional power of his works, the other half found his music and his...  more

"Wesendonck Songs" for soprano and orchestra (arranged by Felix Mottl)

Intermission

Richard Strauss

The composer Richard Strauss, born on June 11th 1864 in Munich, was one of the most multi-faceted musical personalities of the late 19th and early to mid-20th centuries. While his early works were couched in traditional classic forms and genres, in...  more

"Ein Heldenleben" (A Hero´s Life), Opus 40

"I don’t see why I shouldn’t make a symphony about myself. I find myself every bit as interesting as Napoleon or Alexander,” Strauss once confessed to the French poet Romain Rolland. And indeed this "tone poem for large orchestra” Ein Heldenleben...

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Valery Gergiev, Dirigent

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

Anja Harteros, Sopran

“Soprano of the century”, the “Stradivari of voices” - attributes assigned to the young artist by enthusiastic critics, colleagues and fans of Anja Harteros. The artist herself said in an interview about her approach to the roles she plays: “To...  more