Thursday, 17_10_2019 8 p.m. | Philharmonie im Gasteig | 2nd Subscription Concert B | with Introduction | Save date
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Jörg Widmann

Jörg Widmann Jörg Widmann was born in 1973 in Munich and took his first clarinet lessons at the age of seven. He has won any number of first prizes at international competitions. A skyrocketing career as a soloist was the result, in which Mr....  more

"Con brio", Concert Overture for Orchestra

Johannes Brahms

"New Trails“ was the title of an enthusiastic article in the "Neue Zeitschrift für Musik“ in which Robert Schumann introduced Johannes Brahms (born on May 7th 1833 in Hamburg) to the musical world. Praised as an innovator by Schumann, Brahms was...  more

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Opus 77

The Violin Concerto in D major, Opus 77, by Johannes Brahms differs radically from the 19th century tradition of virtuoso concertos. The violin is not at the heart of this work but rather integrated into the symphonic process of the composition. ...

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Intermission

Dmitrij Schostakowitsch

Russian composer Dmitrij Schostakowitsch, born on September 25th 1906 in St. Petersburg, was in a difficult artistic position. He was severely restricted in his artistic freedom by the severe strictures of the Soviet Union's cultural ideologues and...  more

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Opus 47

After Shostakovitch had been accused of "sinister degeneracy” and "petit-bourgeois formalism” by the leading Soviet newspaper Pravda in response to his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk, he decided to give into the culture-political dictatorship of the...

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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

Leonidas Kavakos, Violin

Leonidas Kavakos was born in Athens and by the age of 21, had won three major competitions: the Sibelius Competition in 1985, and the Paganini and Naumburg competitions in 1988. This success led to him make the first recording in history of the...  more