20:00 Konzerthaus Berlin

Petr Popelka & Leif Ove Andsnes

György Kurtág

“…quasi una fantasia…” für Klavier und Instrumentengruppen op. 27

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Konzert für Klavier und Orchester d-Moll KV 466

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sinfonie Nr. 2 e-Moll op. 27

Petr Popelka

Conductor

Leif Ove Andsnes

Piano

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

The meaning of crises

“Always play as if your life depended on it” (György Kurtág), even if it is a simple C major scale as at the beginning of “… quasi una fantasia”. Reminiscences of Beethoven and Schumann, meditative silence, violent eruptions – pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is fascinated by the “surreal sound event” that Kurtág makes appear within ten minutes with various groups of instruments distributed around the room. Against this backdrop, the incomprehensible wonder of Mozart’s D minor Piano Concerto can literally unfold anew. After the interval, 36-year-old conductor Petr Popelka, with the RSB for the first time, floods the hall with epic expansiveness. In the midst of the hectic world tumult of 1907, Rachmaninoff overcame the greatest crisis of meaning in his life with Symphony No. 2 – inviting us of later birth to reflect on ourselves.

The concert will be broadcast on 05.03.2023/ 20 h in the Zeiss-Großplanetarium.

Concert introduction: 7.10 pm, Ludwig van Beethoven Hall, concert introduction by Steffen Georgi

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