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Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto

Masterful piano eruptions and Brahms’ bright second symphony.

Together with Chopin, Liszt and Kalbrenner, Clara Schumann was one of the most prominent concert pianists of the 19th century. It is an unbelievable joy to get to hear her own compositions more and more often now. The Piano Concerto in A Minor had its world premiere in 1835, and Clara, whose last name was still Wieck at the time, was 17 years old and played the solo herself. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy conducted.

In the concerto, which is in the same key as her husband Robert’s piano concerto, composed ten years earlier, it is truly the piano which gets to shine. It is a dazzlingly masterful musical eruption – with clear influences from Chopin! This imaginative and surprising music effervesces with youthful verve and energy.

Brahms hired two rooms in the postcard-perfect village of Pörtschach am Wörthersee in southern Austria. “It is wonderful here,” he wrote to his publisher Fritz Simrock just after his arrival. Soon he sent an excerpt of his new symphony to his good friend, the surgeon and skilled amateur musician Theodore Billroth, who wrote back to Brahms: “The rippling streams, blue sky, sunshine and cool green shade can all be heard here. It must be beautiful in Pörtschach.”

The concerto begins with Robert Schumann’s vivid Overture, scherzo and finale, which he occasionally called his “symphony number two.”

Masterful piano eruptions and Brahms’ bright second symphony.

Wednesday 9 October 2019 19.00

Ends approximately 21.00

Price:

130-430 SEK

Together with Chopin, Liszt and Kalbrenner, Clara Schumann was one of the most prominent concert pianists of the 19th century. It is an unbelievable joy to get to hear her own compositions more and more often now. The Piano Concerto in A Minor had its world premiere in 1835, and Clara, whose last name was still Wieck at the time, was 17 years old and played the solo herself. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy conducted.

In the concerto, which is in the same key as her husband Robert’s piano concerto, composed ten years earlier, it is truly the piano which gets to shine. It is a dazzlingly masterful musical eruption – with clear influences from Chopin! This imaginative and surprising music effervesces with youthful verve and energy.

Brahms hired two rooms in the postcard-perfect village of Pörtschach am Wörthersee in southern Austria. “It is wonderful here,” he wrote to his publisher Fritz Simrock just after his arrival. Soon he sent an excerpt of his new symphony to his good friend, the surgeon and skilled amateur musician Theodore Billroth, who wrote back to Brahms: “The rippling streams, blue sky, sunshine and cool green shade can all be heard here. It must be beautiful in Pörtschach.”

The concerto begins with Robert Schumann’s vivid Overture, scherzo and finale, which he occasionally called his “symphony number two.”

  • The music

    Approximate times
  • Robert Schumann Overture, Scherzo and Finale
    18 min
  • Clara Schumann Piano Concerto in a minor
    21 min
  • Encore:
  • Robert Schumann Widmung, version for piano arr Franz Liszt
    3 min
  • Intermission
    25 min
  • Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 2
    46 min
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Pablo Heras-Casado conductor
  • Lauma Skride piano

Wednesday 9 October 2019 19.00

Ends approximately 21.00

Price:

130-430 SEK


Robert Schumann was rarely as happy as he was while traversing the countryside around the Rhine river. This is audible in his third symphony, performed here by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo.