Debut with Czech Philharmonic

This month, Pablo Heras-Casado makes his debut with the Czech Philharmonic, conducting the ensemble in a program featuring works by two of the most important and most performed European composers of the nineteenth century: Anton Bruckner and Johannes Brahms. Marking his first appearance in the country, Heras-Casado leads the orchestra on December 4, 5 & 6 at the Rudolfinum hall.

Bruckner and Brahms were almost the same age and lived in Vienna at the same time, but their music and character were very different. Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi begins the program with Brahms’ sublimely lyrical and virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2. Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony, Romantic, rounds out the program with the composer’s characteristic long-breathed melodies and soaring grandeur. The Fourth is one of Bruckner’s most direct and approachable works.