Chamber Orchestra of Europe / Sir András Schiff

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn & Piano Concerto No. 2 / Haydn: Sinfonia concertante – Hamburg International Music Festival

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Sir András Schiff
Sir András Schiff © Nadia F. Romanini
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To friendship!

»There are orchestras, good ones, great ones, and then there is the Chamber Orchestra of Europe«, said Sir András Schiff once. The pianist first got to know the orchestra in 1985. And over the course of their many concerts together, Schiff discovered a passion for conducting. From the piano, he now conducts a classical and Romantic programme in which Joseph Haydn meets his admirer Johannes Brahms.

From Haydn the Viennese classicist we have the Sinfonia Concertante for oboe, bassoon, violin, violoncello and orchestra, a piece that was enthusiastically received at its London premiere in 1792.

With his orchestral variations on a small (choral) theme from a Haydn divertimento, Brahms wrote his first great orchestral work in 1873. And in Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which was premiered in Budapest in 1881, Sir András Schiff performs a work he has admired since he was a child. With all these great pieces, Schiff and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe celebrate almost 40 years of musical friendship!


Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Sir András Schiff piano and director


Johannes Brahms
Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a

Joseph Haydn
Sinfonia concertante in B-flat major, Hob. I:105

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Johannes Brahms
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83

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