By IN-FIN TUAN
AAP staff writer
A distant horn call is the first sound, inviting you into Johannes Brahms’ inimitable Romantic world.
With his Piano Concerto No. 2, Brahms created music to get lost in — on its vast canvas, he paints scenes of serenity, strife, beauty, the human condition. No wonder this is a favorite of pianists and audiences everywhere.
Only the most virtuosic artists tackle it, and we welcome Peter Serkin back for his second week of Orchestra Hall performances with Bravo Brahms! on Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m., 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.
This movement of the Piano Concerto No. 2 is so inspiring, moving, calming, etc. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Amazing work of art. A German composer and pianist, and one of the leading musicians of the Romantic period.
Born in Hamburg, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria, where he was a leader of the musical scene. In his lifetime, Brahms’s popularity and influence were considerable; following a comment by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow, he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the Three Bs.
Brahms aimed to honor the “purity” of these venerable “German” structures and advance them into a Romantic idiom, in the process creating bold new approaches to harmony, melody and, especially, rhythm.
Recognized as an artist of passion and integrity, Peter Serkin is one of the most thoughtful and individualistic musicians appearing before the public today. Throughout his career he has successfully conveyed the essence of four centuries of musical repertoire, and his performances with symphony orchestras, recital appearances, chamber music collaborations and recordings are respected worldwide.
Internationally, in August and September of 2011, Mr. Serkin is the featured soloist at the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan where he appears with both of the festival’s orchestras led by Seiji Ozawa and Diego Matheuz and then tours China with the festival orchestras. He also plays recitals in Matsumoto, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing.
His recent and upcoming engagements in Europe include appearances with the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra, Danish Radio Orchestra and the Bamberg Symphony.
Individual tickets are available for purchase at the Minnesota Orchestra Box Office at 11th and Marquette in Minneapolis, online at minnesotaorchestra.org or by calling 612-371-5656 or 800-292-4141. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662 or 800-292-4141, ext. 662.