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

"Leonore" Overture No. III

Beethoven revised his opera twice, as a result of which several overtures almost inevitably had to be composed – four in all. The first three were called the "Leonore" overtures, and the final one the "Fidelio" overture. Leonore No. 2 was played at...

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

With his symphonies, operas, concerti and chamber music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg) is today the most-performed composer of all times. While still a child, he was already an international celebrity: trotted out by...  more

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in C major K. 503

Mozart composed 27 concertos for piano and orchestra. The C major Concerto, K. 503, is one of the longest and most symphonic of these. It is the last of the 12 so-called Viennese concertos, all of which, starting with the E-flat major Concerto, K....

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Intermission

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

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 73

After Brahms had finally conquered his reluctance to write a symphony with his "First” after a 20-year preparation period, the second followed hot on its heels. One year after the world première of the First Symphony, in December of 1897, he enjoyed...

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Krzysztof Urbański, conductor

Krzysztof Urbański is Music Director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 Urbański became Principal Guest Conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. In addition to concerts in Hamburg last season, they toured Japan and Europe....  more

Piotr Anderszewski, piano

Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation. In recent seasons he has given recitals at London's Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall New York and the Mariinsky...  more