Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

A shooting star conducts and plays Beethoven

Photo that shows Lahav Shani 05 C Hans Van Der Woerd. © Hans Van Der Woerd
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Everyone knows the orgiastic Seventh Symphony, but Beethoven’s Oboe Concerto? Sketches for the work were discovered in 1970, the slow movement of which was quite well elaborated. The fragment is performed only occasionally – much too infrequently for this enchanting music, whose lyricism suggests pairing it with Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto. For the latter, Israeli musician Lahav Shani will be both the soloist and conductor. The winner of the 2013 Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition is also an outstanding pianist – as well as being the youngest principal conductor in the history of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the successor of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Nézet-Séguin himself replaced Valery Gergiev and now presides over the Met in New York. We have been closely watching the development of both the orchestra and its principal conductor Lahav Shani, always on the lookout for up-and-coming musicians and ensembles whom we believe to have a great future ahead of them.

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Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, op. 58

Oboe Concerto (Fragment); Soloist: Solo oboist of the orchestra
Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92