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Sat, Sep. 02, 2023, 8.00 pm | Rathausmarkt

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Rathausmarkt Open Air

Kent Nagano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 B flat major op. 19

Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major, D 944 "The Great"

Kent Nagano
Mari Kodama
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

There's no question that the annual open-air concert at the Rathausmarkt, a gift from the Philharmonic State Orchestra to its loyal audience, is one of the city's most popular classical music events. Chief conductor Kent Nagano provides exhilarating evenings in the open air in late summer. This year, it is possible to experience from where Ludwig van Beethoven, the later revolutionary of all music to date, started: his second piano concerto is, strictly chronologically speaking, actually his first; here he is still close to his predecessors Haydn and Mozart. The pianist Mari Kodama plays the solo part, which, in view of the composer's name, is not surprising, and contains many a harmonic surprise. Franz Schubert also went new ways 30 years later. And what new ways they were. The dimensions of the Great Symphony in C major alone are unusual by his Romantic standards; the work lasts almost an hour. "The symphony has had an effect among us like none after Beethoven's," confessed Robert Schumann, who discovered the manuscript a decade after it was written.
"To start the season in the middle of the city together with the people of Hamburg gives our orchestra and the team a wonderful wave of positive energy - an absolute highlight of the season in a dream setting."
Barbara Fasching, Orchestra Director

Venue: Rathausmarkt, 20095 Hamburg

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