Oct 7, 2019
Pablo Heras-Casado makes his debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra on October 9 & 10 at the Konserthuset. He leads the ensemble in a program featuring works by Robert and Clara Schumann, and by their once pupil, Johannes Brahms. 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann’s birthday on September 13, 1819. In light of the occasion, pianist Lauma Skride interprets Clara’s masterful Piano Concerto in A minor.
Robert Schumann’s Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op.52, will begin the performances. The lively and eloquent work is essentially a symphony without a slow movement; Schumann even referred to it as his “Symphony No. 2” at one time. Following, Clara Schumann’s imaginative Piano Concerto in A minor takes clear influences from Chopin, with its youthful verve and energy. Pablo closes the program with Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, a work filled to the brim with warmth and optimism, composed while Brahms was on a summer holiday in the postcard-perfect village of Pörtschach am Wörthersee in southern Austria.