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Staatskapelle Weimar


Coriolan Overture
Piano Concerto No.1
Symphony No.2


Stefan Solyom
Nelson Goerner

Founded in 1491, the Staatskapelle Weimar is one of the oldest orchestras in the world, its reputation inextricably linked to some of the greatest works and musicians of all time. This was the orchestra in which Bach was employed from 1708 to 1717 and which then enjoyed particular renown under the direction of Franz Liszt in the mid-19th century with premieres that included Wagner’s Lohengrin.

In 1889 another extraordinary conductor and composer helped the orchestra achieve an even greater reputation, the 25-year-old Richard Strauss, who directed the world premiere of his own first opera Guntram and Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel in Weimar.

The award-winning Argentinian pianist Nelson Goerner is one of the foremost pianists of his generation, celebrated for his solo and concerto performances, as well as chamber music recitals with the great Martha Argerich, Takács Quartet, Janine Jansen, and Steven Isserlis, to name but a few.

The young but already internationally renowned Swedish conductor Stefan Solyom was appointed General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Staatskapelle in 2009 and we are enormously proud to welcome such a distinguished orchestra as part of our series.

Part of Zurich International Concert Series 2012-13.

6.30pm: Pre-concert music by Royal College of Music students
Beethoven: String Quartet in F major, Op.18 No.1
(performed by the Fontanelli Quartet)

Part of Zurich International Concert Series 2012-13

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra

Rachmaninov's Second Symphony and Paganini Rhapsody, with pianist Freddy Kempf, coupled with Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis.

Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra

Sarah Chang performs Barber's beautiful Violin Concerto, framed by Brahms' Haydn Variations and Dvořák's Symphony No.9, 'From the New World'.

Prague Symphony Orchestra

A Czech programme including Dvořák's Sixth Symphony and works by Smetana and Janáček, alongside Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4, with soloist Igor Tchetuev.

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Bernstein's effervescent Candide Overture and the light-hearted energy of Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No.2, with soloist Noriko Ogawa, contrast with the grandeur of Schubert's 'Great' Ninth...

Brussels Philharmonic

Debussy's La Mer and Ravel's Bolero follow Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Bartók's lyrical Piano Concerto No.3, with soloist Markus Groh.

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

One of the greatest Russian orchestras begins its Tchaikovsky cycle with the popular First Piano Concerto and dramatic Fourth Symphony. Pavel Kogan conducts.

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

The Moscow Tchaikovsky cycle continues with the dramatic Fifth Symphony and Francesca da Rimini, plus the Rococo Variations with cellist Nina Kotova.

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

The final concert of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Cycle features the composer's Violin Concerto and Sixth Symphony, the 'Pathétique', plus the Polonaise and Waltz from Eugene Onegin.

‘The superb soloist was the Argentinean, Nelson Goerner, whose accuracy, agility, clarity and rapport with the orchestra created a quite superb account.’

Yorkshire Post

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