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Musikfest Berlin

Staatskapelle Berlin

Gustavo Dudamel Conductor

Daniel Barenboim Piano

Opening Concert

Johannes Brahms

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor

Johannes Brahms

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major

A Staatsoper Unter den Linden event in co-operation with the Berliner Festspiele/Musikfest Berlin

Dates and Tickets

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 7 p.m.

Philharmonie

Introduction: 6:15 pm

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 8 p.m.

Philharmonie

Introduction: 7:15 pm

Programme

Almost a quarter of a century lies between Johannes Brahms’ two piano concerts. The D Minor Concerto is based on sketches of compositions for different instrumentation and only took on its final form in 1856/57 after much preliminary work. Compared to this, the composition of the Second Piano Concerto in the summer of 1881 was unproblematic. The plan to compose a “Clavier-Concert B dur” gripped Brahms as early as 1878, a year in which he once again devoted himself to solo piano music with the eight Piano Pieces op. 76 following a 10-year hiatus.

Prompting this was his focus on the music of both Frédéric Chopin und Robert Schumann. While Brahms’ First Piano Concerto is based on plans for a symphonic composition, Viennese critic Eduard Hanslick called the Second, which is opened by a horn solo, “a great symphony with a piano obligato”. Daniel Barenboim will perform both of Brahms’ piano concerts at the opening of Musikfest Berlin 2014, Staatskapelle Berlin will be conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

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