A Farewell to Vienna

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor

Leif Ove Andsnes - Piano

program

Webern - Im Sommerwind

Schumann - Piano Concerto

INTERMISSION

Brahms - Symphony No. 2

Saturday, January 30, 2016

8:00 pm Verizon Hall

We end our sojourn in Vienna with three more legendary works, exemplifying the rich heritage of this unparalleled musical capital. Webern's Im Sommerwind (In the Summer Wind), a richly orchestrated tone poem in the late-Romantic style, is a glorious evocation of a summer's day. The Philadelphia Orchestra gave the world premiere in 1962 at a three-day Webern Festival in Seattle with Ormandy conducting. Schumann also spent time composing in Vienna. The incredible Leif Ove Andsnes brings out all the wonder of the Piano Concerto, Schumann's only one, which was years in the making. And Brahms, a colossus of the Viennese musical scene with close musical and personal ties to Schumann, offers a fitting finale, with his stirring Symphony No. 2. Auf Wiedersehen, Vienna!

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