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NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover

with Igor Levit, piano

Venue: Cadogan Hall

Repertoire

Beethoven
Egmont Overture
Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 4
Brahms
Symphony No. 2

Performers

Andrew Manze
conductor
Igor Levit
piano

The orchestra of the broadcasting station in Hanover was founded in 1950, however the roots of the ensemble reach back to the 1920s when Hanover’s first radio station was started up. Andrew Manze has been the Principal Conductor of the orchestra since the 2014-15 season.

After waiting many years to complete his First Symphony, Brahms produced a second one during his summer holiday. It has a largely bucolic, even rustic character, and includes a folksy, dancing third movement. The composer wrote of the surroundings in which the Second Symphony was created (the Austrian lakeside village of Pörtschach) that ‘…the melodies flow so freely that one must be careful not to trample on them’.

Part of Zurich International Orchestra Series 2017-18

Part of Zurich International Orchestra Series 2017‑18

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