Denis Matsuev joins forces with the Münchner Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev in a concert featuring pieces by Shchedrin, Strauss and Beethoven.
Strauss' Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28 (Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks), composed between 1894 and 1895, is the first in the program. It narrates the misadventures and pranks of Till Eulenspiegel. Then, the virtuoso in the grandest Russian tradition of pianism, Denis Matsuev, joins the Münchner Philharmoniker to perform Shchedrin's Piano Concerto No. 2 (1966), a piece often conducted by the orchestra's Principal Conductor since 2015, Valery Gergiev. Valery Gergiev, who is also Musical Director of the Mariinsky Orchestra, is one of the best ever conductors of classical music. Finally, the orchestra performs Beethoven's legendary Symphony No. 3, "Eroica" (1805). Beethoven initially dedicated the symphony to Bonaparte, but when the latter had himself crowned emperor thus flouting the composer's revolutionary ideal, he struck out Bonaparte's name and replaced it with the following words, "An heroic symphony composed to celebrate the memory of a great man." A concert whose exceptional programming is not to be missed!
Photo: Valery Gergiev © Marco Borggreve/Decca – Denis Matsuev
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