Muti, Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 & Gerstein

Nov 16

8:00 PM

Puccini, R. Strauss, Brahms

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Riccardo Muti and pianist Kirill Gerstein, recognized for his masterful technique and "boundlessly charismatic performances" (New York Classical Review), team up for Brahms' titanic First Piano Concerto. Completed when Brahms was only 25, the concerto, with its ferocious opening, is an early demonstration of the young composer's symphonic vigor. Puccini's stirring Preludio sinfonico and Strauss' charming orchestral showpiece Le bourgeois gentilhomme round out the program.

On Saturday, November 18, please join us for a postconcert CD signing in Grainger Ballroom with Kirill Gerstein.

Approximate concert duration: 120 minutes including intermission


Puccini Preludio sinfonico
R. Strauss Suite from Le bourgeois gentilhomme
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1


Preconcert conversation with Carl Grapentine
30 minute run-time

Thursday, November 16, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Friday, November 17, 12:15 p.m. Armour Stage
Saturday, November 18, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Tuesday, November 21, 6:30 p.m. Grainger Ballroom

Additional Dates for this Program

When pianist Kirill Gerstein got a call from the CSO’s artistic staff, inviting him to return as soloist in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, there was an additional request: Would he also be willing to perform the solo piano part in Richard Strauss’ suite from Le bourgeois gentilhomme? “It was a very gracious inquiry,” Gerstein recalled, “because they said, ‘Well, Maestro [Muti] will understand if you feel that it’s too much to play before Brahms, and if you’ll be too tired.’ I thought, ‘Mmmm, Maestro Muti, the Chicago Symphony. I don’t think I’m going to be tired.’" Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein is a big admirer of British composer Thomas Adès. “Tom is somebody I’m very close to,” Gerstein said. “Though the word is over-used, I think he is somebody who comes close to the actual meaning of the word ‘genius’ musically.” The two have performed duo piano recitals for years but the most important chapter in their collaboration is yet to come. In spring 2019, Gerstein is scheduled to appear with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of a piano concerto by Adès. After performances in Boston’s Symphony Hall, the BSO and Gerstein will perform the work at Carnegie Hall. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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