Anton Bruckner

Opinions once varied on the music of Anton Bruckner (born on September 4, 1824 in Ansfelden, near Linz), who ranks amongst the great symphonists after Beethoven. While one faction regarded him as a destroyer of traditions, the other side ecstatically...  more

Symphony in D minor

Intermission

Béla Bartók

The source from which Hungarian composer Béla Bartók drew his musical language was south-eastern European folklore, which he collected and studied along with Zoltán Kodály. On the basis of this folklore, Bartók developed a Hungarian idiom of modern...  more

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3

After the great success of the "Concerto for Orchestra", Béla Bartók received the stack of commissions he had vainly hoped for in the earlier years of his American exile. In another sense, these commissions arrived "too late" because Bartók´s...

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Paul Hindemith

There is hardly any musical genre in which Paul Hindemith, born in 1895 in Hanau near Frankfurt, has not been involved. Besides his work as composer, he also appeared as both violin and viola soloist and worked in both orchestras and string...  more

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

The composition of the Symphonic Metamorphoses had its origin in a ballet project in the year 1940. Choreographer Léonide Massine had asked Hindemith for a series of dance melodies paraphrasing Weber´s music. The project, however, ran aground, not...

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Paavo Järvi, conductor

Paavo Järvi’s second season as Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra opened on a high when he conducts Mahler’s Symphony No.8 in celebration of the orchestra’s 90th Anniversary. They also performed Mahler to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of...  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