James Gaffigan – conductor
Isata Kanneh-Mason – piano
Robert Schumann Manfred Overture
Clara Schumann Piano Concerto
— Interval —
Brahms Symphony No. 1
Husband and wife, mentor and protégé, admirer and lifelong friend – no three composers were closer than those in tonight’s programme.
British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason and American conductor James Gaffigan make their Philharmonia debuts in an exploration of this quintessentially Romantic trio.
The second movement of Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto, a yearning Romance for solo piano and cello, shares its title with Isata Kanneh-Mason’s chart-topping album of Clara’s music.
Clara’s husband Robert Schumann no doubt identified with Manfred, the tormented hero of Byron’s poem, who chooses death over submission.
Brahms’s First Symphony is a magnificent tribute to Beethoven. The stirring horn theme and triumphant ending of the final movement are among the high points of 19th century orchestral music.
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Prices & Discounts
£12 – £58 (premium)
Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; £8 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)
1 hour and 50 minutes, including 20 minute interval
Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717