Alan Gilbert. Photo: Yanan Li
Members from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Photo: Mats Lundqvist
Mozart and Brahms
With Conductor Laureate Alan Gilbert and piano soloist Martin Helmchen.
Thursday 12 October 2023 19.00Ends approximately 21.00
Watch the concert at Konserthuset Play.
One might think the symphonies by Brahms are played often, but it has actually been a long time since Symphony No. 3 was performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra – the last time was at the Brahms Festival in 2014.
The orchestra’s Conductor Laureate Alan Gilbert leads this richly melodic, sometimes mysterious third symphony by Brahms – music that gives a subtle nod to both Schumann and Wagner. Alan Gilbert is now chief conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in Hamburg and music director of the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm.
German pianist Martin Helmchen has guest-performed with us on several occasions, most recently in 2019. He is admired not only for his incredible technique, but also for his sensitivity and personal interpretations. Helmchen is the soloist in Mozart’s beloved, masterfully elegant Piano Concerto No. 22, which provides – especially in the last movement – echoes of the opera the Marriage of Figaro from the same era, around 1785.
The musicApproximate times
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No. 2235 min
Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 334 min
- Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
- Alan Gilbert conductor
- Martin Helmchen piano