Costantinos Carydis, Martin Helmchen (piano), Stephen Waarts (violin) & Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (cello)
Alfred Schnittke, Das Ritual
Ludwig van Beethoven, Konzert für Klavier, Violine, Violoncello und Orchester in C-Dur, op. 56
Ludwig van Beethoven, Coriolanus Ouvertüre, op. 62
Dmitry Shostakovich, Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, op. 70
I Did It My Way - Beethoven & Shostakovich
Whether it's a unique concert or a special presentation, this programme has plenty of room for individuality. Few composers were as young as Shostakovich when he presented his first symphony at the age of nineteen. And the premiere of Symphony No. 1 by the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra in 1926 was something of a revelation. With a nod to vaudeville and a wink at the cheeky waltz, Shostakovich captured the zeitgeist of the roaring twenties in this masterpiece. His student days as a pianist accompanying silent films led to unexpected plot twists in Symphony No. 1.
A rarity among Beethoven concertos, his unruly Triple Concerto (1803) is performed by pianist Martin Helmchen, accompanied by cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (winner of the Rostropovich Cello Competition) and Stephen Waarts, who you may remember as a finalist in the Queen Elisabeth Competition for violin (2015). The Greek conductor Constantinos Carydis breathes new life into the idiosyncratic masters. You will get a full sense of what man can achieve when he walks his own path and ignores convention.
Following a new production of Bizet’s Carmen at Oper Frankf
With his highly virtuosic yet unpretentious style, pianist Martin Helmchen continues to impress the international music scene including superb debuts with Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert Blomst
Stephen Waarts’s innate and individual musical voice is establishing him as a firm favourite with audiences in North America and Europe.
Cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker made her international breakthrough with her sensational success at the 8th Rostropovich Competition in Paris in 2005, where she