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About the Concert
SUNWOOK KIM PLAYS BRAHMS ①
Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 8PM / Lotte Concert Hall
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Sunwook Kim, piano
Nielsen, Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 'The Inextinguishable'
Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83
“Music is life” declared Carl Nielsen, “and like it, inextinguishable”. And in the middle of the First World War, he proved it with a symphony of unstoppable energy and optimism. From volcanic opening to thunderous conclusion, there’s nothing quite like “The Inextinguishable”: this is music that makes you feel thrilled to be alive, and the great Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä has it pounding through his veins. Brahms described his Second Piano Concert a bit more modestly: “Just a few little piano pieces”. But don’t believe that: it’s practically a symphony in disguise, drenched in sunlight, with one of the most ravishing slow movements Brahms ever composed. It’s perfectly suited to Sunwook Kim’s special brand of keyboard poetry.
Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra for over a decade, Osmo Vänskä has led the Orchestra on five major European tours, as well as an historic trip to Cuba in May 2015 – the first visit by a major US orchestra in recent times. Other key highlights include 15 recordings, winning a Grammy Award in 2014 for ‘Best Orche...
London-based Sunwook Kim came to international recognition when he won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006, aged just 18, becoming the competition’s youngest winner for 40 years, as well as its first Asian winner. His performance of Brahms’s Concerto No.1 with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder i...