Kirill Petrenko conducts Zimmermann, Lutosławski and Brahms
Anyone who wants to continue the symphonic tradition must have self-confidence and creativity. In this concert, Kirill Petrenko presents two composers who took this risk. We will hear Witold Lutosławski’s splendidly virtuosic Symphony No. 1, and the concert concludes with the Janus-faced Second Symphony by Johannes Brahms: a half-sunny, half-gloomy work, which the composer himself described as a “lovely monster”. The concert opens with Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s sound surface composition Photoptosis, which was written during the second half of the 20th century.