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About the Concert
FRANCESCO PIEMONTESI PLAYS STRAUSS ①
TUE June 5, 2018 20:00 | LOTTE Concert Hall
Asher Fisch, conductor
Francesco Piemontesi, piano
Schumann, Overture to the opera Genoveva, Op. 81
Franck, Variations symphoniques for piano and orchestra
R. Strauss, Burleske for piano and orchestra in D minor
Brahms, Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
Running Time: 120mins(incl. intermission)
Francesco Piemontesi is the name that every piano fan is talking about right now – and it’s no wonder. “Piemontesi combines stunning technique with an intellectual capacity that few can match” wrote The Spectator, and this young Italian protégé of Alfred Brendel simply has it all. We’re delighted to welcome him to Seoul in two playful – yet neglected – gems: César Franck’s fantastical Symphonic Variations and Richard Strauss’s uproarious Burleske. We think he’ll set them alight! First, though, Asher Fisch revels in the drama of Schumann’s only operatic overture - and then the Seoul Philharmonic relaxes on the sunlit slopes of Brahms’s Second Symphony. Brahms was on holiday when he wrote it - and you can tell.
Program Note by Richard Bratby
Asher Fisch, conductor A renowned conductor in both the operatic and symphonic worlds, Asher Fisch is especially celebrated for his interpretative command of core German and Italian repertoire of the Romantic and post-Romantic era, in particular Wagner, Brahms, Strauss, and Verdi. Mr. Fisch conducts a wide variety of repertoire from Gluck to conte...
Francesco Piemontesi, Piano Artistic Director, Settimane Musicali di Ascona. Francesco Piemontesi is a pianist of exceptional refinement of expression, which is allied to a consummate technical skill. Widely renowned for his interpretation of Mozart and the early Romantic repertoire, Piemontesi’s pianism and sensibility has a close aff...