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Beethoven 6 & Reger Piano Concerto – Blomstedt, Gewandhausorchester, Serkin

Herbert Blomstedt Peter Serkin Gewandhausorchester

Max Reger’s Piano Concerto Op. 114 was created in the summer of 1910 in Leipzig and was there brought into the world by pianist Frieda Kwast‐Hodapp and the Gewandhausorchester under Arthur Nikisch. Reger was thrilled by the pianist’s performance and jokingly dubbed her “Mrs. Kwast‐Hat’s Off.” To date, few other artists have dared to undertake this pianistic challenge: The American Peter Serkin, however, is one of those few whose repertoire includes this rare piece.

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Herbert Blomstedt, Gewandhausorchester – Nielsen 3 & Beethoven 7

Herbert Blomstedt Gewandhausorchester GWO Nielsen Beethoven

Since his time as chief conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester between 1998 and 2005, Herbert Blomstedt – now its honorary conductor – has returned to Leipzig every year to conduct one or more always celebrated concerts. In May 2015, he conducted Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3 and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 in three sold-out concerts at the Gewandhaus. more