After Beethoven’s Seventh and Ninth Symphonies, Kirill Petrenko now conducts the Eighth with the Berliner Philharmoniker, in which the composer humorously toys with the audience’s expectations. The programme also presents two splendid sets of orchestral variations: the good-humoured Haydn Variations by Johannes Brahms and Arnold Schoenberg’s Variations for Orchestra, in which the composer applied his twelve-tone technique for the first time. The work, which was premiered by the Berliner Philharmoniker under Wilhelm Furtwängler in 1928, shows not least how much Schoenberg was inspired by Brahms – a fascinating juxtaposition.
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Variations on a Theme by Haydn in B flat major, op. 56a
Variations for orchestra, op. 31
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 8 in F major, op. 93