Valery Gergiev and Mao Fujita

Music from Beethoven, Berlioz und Strauss with Münchner Philharmoniker

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They were important events in society, Strauss premieres. Like in the case of Death and Transfiguration: a man, scarcely twenty-five years old, composed this music of earth-shattering power. At the same time, it was comprehensible and almost as vividly pictorial as photography. Compositional ingenuity of the highest order that is as fun for the musicians as it is for the listeners – “fun” being an apt word when it comes to this composer, who didn’t take even this serious theme all too seriously. Strauss’s brilliant instrumentation, by the way, was a direct legacy of Berlioz, who in his turn was influenced by Beethoven. Thus the program order is almost self-explanatory, and so we only need to mention the soloist: the young Japanese prizewinner of Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition, Mao Fujita.

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Program

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

Hector Berlioz
Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)

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Richard Strauss
Death and Transfiguration, op. 24

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