The Chinese pianist Yuja Wang will present her eagerly awaited debut. Her insane virtuosity is creating as much of a buzz as her spectacular outfits. In her first concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker, she will take on Sergei Prokofiev’s energetic Second Piano Concerto. Conductor Paavo Järvi will also interpret Dmitri Shostakovich’s First Symphony – a 19-year old’s stroke of genius!
Overture, Scherzo and Final
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor
Yuja Wang Piano
Symphony No. 1 in F minor
Her mother wanted to make a dancer out of her. But Yuja Wang knew that only one part of her could dance: her fingers. The Chinese pianist’s fingers dash over the piano keys with breath-taking speed. In May 2013, Yuja Wang proved in her debut recital with the Berlin Philharmonic Foundation that – besides stupendous technique – she also has an extraordinary feeling for nuances of sound. She’s now performing with the Philharmonic as soloist for the first time – with Sergei Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto, in which virtuoso brilliance is combined with musical depth.
Paavo Järvi will conduct these concerts; after a ten-year hiatus, he celebrated his Philharmonic comeback in April 2013. It’s not by chance that he has programmed the First Symphony by Dmitri Shostakovich: the work, which the 19-year old composer wrote for his finals at the conservatory, shows Prokofiev as role model. All the same, the symphony’s mixture of defiant jocularity and great pathos already unmistakably bears Shostakovich’s signature. The work earned him his first triumphant success. With it, Shostakovich – as the conductor of the premiere, Nikolai Malko, stated – began a new chapter in the history of the symphony. Schumann also intended to try out new symphonic forms in his orchestral piece Overture, Scherzo and Finale. He conceived the piece as an alternative design to the “flattened overture style” that was highly popular with the general public at the time, much to Schumann’s displeasure.