The Clara Schumann piano concerto is currently experiencing a revival in the concert hall – and deservedly so: as a virtuoso, the Leipzig native was not only much more gifted than her husband Robert, she was also an outstanding composer with a very personal style. Her Piano Concerto literally brims with power and energy, with technical demands and Romantic feelings. Among the work's prominent advocates is the young Italian pianist Beatrice Rana, who performs it here at the Elbphilharmonie together with the well-known Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
The evening gets off to an exciting start with the new work »Vers le silence« by Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen, a leading figure on Scandinavia's contemporary-music scene. His music is reminiscent of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt in its approachable structure, and delights the ear with pure beauty of sound. The concert ends with Brahms's Third Symphony, of which Dvořák enthused: »What wonderful melodies are to be found here! The music is full of love, and speaks to the heart.«
»Rana’s playing has a kind of Orphic seductiveness, a transcendent lightness of touch. A supremely intelligent reading.«
Hamburg International Music Festival
28 April – 1 June 2022: The big Hamburg orchestras and top-drawer guest ensembles such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic, as well as major names from jazz to world music, devote their attention to the motto »Nature« over a period of more than four weeks.
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Beatrice Rana piano
conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Vers le silence
- Interval -
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 7
Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90