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

"Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche" (Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks), Opus 28

"Delicious tone painting" rhapsodizes the one camp, "inane illustration music," grouses the other. These two judgments on the symphonic poem "Till Eulenspiegel┬┤s Merry Pranks" by Richard Strauss do, however, have one thing in common. They both focus...

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Rodion Shchedrin

Rodion Shchedrin was born in 1932 in Moscow into a musical family: his father was a composer and a teacher of music theory. He studied at the Moscow Choral School and in 1955 he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory where he studied composition and...  more

Concert for piano and orchestra No. 2

Intermission

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

Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Opus 55 "Eroica"

With his Third Symphony, Beethoven set a milestone at the dawn of the great epoch of classical-romantic symphonic writing. The dimensions alone were new and unfamiliar for his contemporaries ┬ľ with a duration of a full hour, it was almost twice as...

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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

Denis Matsuev, piano

Since his triumph in the 1998 at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition, Denis Matsuev has become a virtuoso in the grandest of Russian pianistic tradition and has quickly established himself as one of the most prominent pianists of his...  more