Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven, born in December 1770 in Bonn into a musical family, attracted attention early in his life thanks to his outstanding musical talent. In 1792 the Prince Elector of Bonn sent him to Vienna to enable him to perfect his knowledge...  more

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 c-major, Opus 15

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. 10 in E minor, Opus 93

After Shostakovitch had been accused, as early as 1936, of writing "chaos instead of music” in reaction to his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk, he received a second warning from the political apparatchiks in 1948, claiming that "in the eyes of the...

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David Afkham, conductor

David Afkham is Principal Conductor of the Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España. He is in high demand as a guest conductor with some of the world’s finest orchestras and opera houses, and has established a reputation as one of the most sought after...  more

Radu Lupu, piano

Born in Romania in l945, Mr. Lupu began studying the piano at the age of 6 with Lia Busuioseanu. He made his public debut with a complete program of his own music at l2, continuing his studies for several years with Florica Muzicescu and Cella...  more