Mahler 1

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A highly gifted young pianist from Japan, trained at the Moscow Conservatory, performs Prokofiev's most popular piano concerto in Grafenegg. The composer himself gave its world premiere in 1921. A good thirty years earlier, Gustav Mahler likewise christened his first symphony - a work that marked his debut as a symphonist and that also serves as an ideal introduction to his popular output. Much of what he would subsequently develop, hone and push to the limits can be found already stylistically laid out in his debut symphony. Yutaka Sado, Music Director of the Tonkunstler Orchestra, continues his acclaimed Mahler cycle with this performance.
 

Program and cast

Instrumentation


Tonkunstler Orchestra

Kyohei Sorita, piano

Yutaka Sado, conductor


Programme


SERGEJ PROKOFJEW
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C major op. 26


GUSTAV MAHLER
Symphonie Nr. 1 D-Dur

Grafenegg Festival, Austria

The Grafenegg Music Festival is a new major international Austrian festival for classical music close to Vienna. The annual festival takes place on the grounds of Grafenegg Castle. Two major venues have been built for the festival in the park of the castle: The open-air stage Wolkenturm (capacity 1,730, opened 2007) as well as the new concert hall Auditorium (capacity 1,372, opened 2008).

The artistic director is pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. The festival's program consists of symphonic and chamber music as well as recitals. International guest orchestras are performing as well as the Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra, which serves as orchestra in residence. The first festival started on August, 23rd, 2007 and lasted until September, 9th, 2007.

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