Kirill Petrenko | Berlin Philharmonic © Monika Rittershaus
Kirill Petrenko | Berlin Philharmonic © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin Philharmonic | Kirill Petrenko


Introduction to the concert
with Susanne Stähr (in German, KKL Luzern, Auditorium)

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn in B-flat major, Op. 56a
Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951)
Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

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Arnold Schoenberg was a great admirer of Johannes Brahms and, contrary to the generally widespread view of the time, did not consider the music of this North German composer to be at all backward- looking or conservative. On Brahms’s 100th birthday in 1933, he even gave a famous lecture for which he used the provocative title Brahms, the Progressive. In this concert, Kirill Petrenko and the Berlin Philharmonic will prove just how much Schoenberg benefited from Brahms by pairing two sets of variations by both composers. The effect is startling: the same techniques appear in different harmonic guises. And even though Schoenberg’s Op. 31 Orchestral Variations are based entirely on the logic of twelve-tone theory rather than a Romantic tonal language, they possess an astonishing expressive power and emotional range that is hardly less than that of Brahms. We should bid adieu to clichés in any case. The same applies to Ludwig van Beethoven, whose humorous and concise Eighth Symphony undercuts common assumptions about an “heroic titan.” Just go, listen, and smile — because the music itself usually knows better.

Event Venue

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
CH-6005 Luzern

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