Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor
Leif Ove Andsnes, Piano
Webern Im Sommerwind
Schumann Piano Concerto
Brahms Symphony No. 2
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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