Kirill Petrenko conducts pieces by Schönberg and Brahms
For the first time the General Music Director will perform a piece by Arnold Schönberg with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester – the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op. 36. The soloist is violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who has performed at many renowned concert halls, including the Vienna Konzerthaus, the London Wigmore Hall and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Schönberg's violin concerto is one of the hardest things violinists can undertake. Patricia Kopatchinskaja considers the piece to be "a challenge for musicians and listeners" and advises that Schönberg needs "less intellectual understanding, more sense and phantasy".
Johannes Brahms's Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 73 can be enjoyed in the second part of the programme. Kirill Petrenko has been working intensively on the piece by Brahms for some years now. The premiere of the Second Symphony on 30 December 1877 sparked a storm of enthusiasm, the third sentence had even to be repeated. With this Brahms also began to make a name for himself as a symphonist.
Kirill Petrenko will also conduct the first premiere of the coming season: Amélie Niermeyer stages Giuseppe Verdi's Otello with Jonas Kaufmann (Otello), Anja Harteros (Desdemona) and Gerald Finley (Iago) in the main roles. The new production celebrates its premiere on 23 November 2018 and will also be broadcast live on radio by BR-Klassik.