Prelude to Parsifal (1882)
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor op. 40 (1837)
Symphony No. 1 in D major Titan (1888/99)
Introduction one hour before the concert with Sabine Weber
»It is like shaking a tree, the ripe, sweet fruit falls without further ado«. Thus Robert Schumann about Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's 2nd Piano Concerto. A misjudgement, for Mendelssohn literally fought his way out of the work in order to do justice to his own stylistic demands. The result: new territory in the development of the piano concerto genre. Gustav Mahler - under the spell of Richard Wagner's Parsifal - also set out for new shores in his 1st Symphony. A cosmos of immense diversity of musical influences opens up, folk song and bird sounds, funeral march and ländler, lurid visions and heavenly peace find each other. Kristian Bezuidenhout tames Mendelssohn's piano part, and at the podium of the Gürzenich Orchestra there is a reunion with Pablo Heras-Casado.