02 September 2016


Friday 20:00 / Kölner Philharmonie


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JOHANNES BRAHMS: Piano Concerto no. 1 in D minor op. 15

JOHANNES BRAHMS: Symphony no. 1 in C minor op. 68

  • Conductor Rafael Payare
  • Piano Denis Kozhukhin

Broadcast Date:
25 September 2016 at 09:55 on WDR Fernsehen

With this concert, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra joins the celebrations for the Kölner Philharmonie’s 30th anniversary, in its birthday month of September. This all-Brahms programme brings together two exciting young artists, conductor Rafael Payare and pianist Denis Kozhukhin, who – while having worked together before – will each be performing with the MCO for the first time. 

This programme, featuring Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto no. 1 and Symphony no. 1, also reflects the composer’s initial ventures – also a debut of sorts – into the worlds of the symphony and concerto. Brahms, who struggled at length to free himself from Beethoven’s shadow, took more than fourteen years to complete his first symphony. The material which was initially intended for this symphony would evolve into the concerto which will be performed in this concert – the first of four concertos he would go on compose during his career.  

The Kölner Philharmonie has been a close partner of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra since its early years, not least through the orchestra’s former North Rhine-Westphalia residency and the annual MCO Academy. The MCO’s most recent concert at the Kölner Philharmonie was a concert in June with its Conductor Laureate Daniel Harding and trumpet player Håkan Hardenberger, with works by Beethoven, Turnage and Varèse. 

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