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May 17

Conductor and soloist: András Schiff

Abo E
Bamberg, Konzerthalle, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal
17:00 Uhr

We’re setting off on a stroll through musical history – true to Yehudi Menuhin’s saying: »Every moment in our life is a new departure, an end and a beginning, a joining of the threads and a parting.« Our first port of call is Johann Sebastian Bach, whose keyboard concertos marked an important stage in the evolution of the Classical piano concerto. In fact, none of them were originally written as such. Hard pressed by his duties in Leipzig, the master of the Baroque often confined himself to transcribing his own works, or violin concertos by other composers. But without Bach’s pioneering efforts, Beethoven could not have written his ground-breaking compositions. In his piano concertos, he heralded a new era. The op. 15 concerto is compelling for the force of its contrasts and its expansion of the form, due to its wealth of ideas, and for the piano part’s exceptionally virtuosic character. With Schumann’s Third Symphony, we reach the realm of Romantic thought – its famous nickname had nothing to do with Schumann but instead, more likely, with the impression which Cologne Cathedral (then still incomplete) made on him. He himself said that this generally carefree work »reflects a bit of life.« András Schiff, grand seigneur of the piano, has enjoyed a partnership with our Orchestra for many years: tonight he appears not only as soloist but also conducts in Bamberg for the first time.

Andras Schiff Piano

Johann Sebastian Bach Konzert für Klavier, Streicher und Basso continuo Nr. 5 f-Moll BWV 1056
Ludwig van Beethoven Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 1 C-Dur op. 15
Robert Schumann Symphonie Nr. 3 Es-Dur op. 97 »Rheinische«