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Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 2

Sir András Schiff plays Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto

The world-renowned Gewandhausorchester Leipzig has a venerable history stretching right back to Bach’s time. 

The Orchestra concludes its two concerts at the 2016 International Festival, under its celebrated Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt, with a concert highlighting its own remarkable history.

Sir András Schiff has been widely praised for his many magnificent performances at the International Festival both as pianist and conductor, combining a searing intensity with humour, wit and sparkle. He returns as soloist in the virtuosic brilliance of Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto – which the Gewandhausorchester itself premiered in 1811.

It was an 1829 visit to Scotland that inspired Mendelssohn’s ‘Scottish’ Symphony, regarded by many as his finest orchestral work, with a distinctive Caledonian flavour to its lilting melodies. And it was Mendelssohn himself who conducted the premiere of the Symphony in 1842, as Music Director of the Gewandhausorchester.

Blomstedt opens the concert with the brooding lyrical drama of Beethoven’s Leonora Overture No 2.

Few ensembles can more justifiably be regarded as a true custodian of German musical culture. ★★★★★


Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Herbert Blomstedt Conductor

Sir András Schiff Piano

Beethoven Leonora Overture No 2
Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5 ‘Emperor’
Mendelssohn Symphony No 3 ‘Scottish’

More information about some of the artists

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Herbert Blomstedt

Sir András Schiff

27 August 2016

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2019 programme will be available from Wednesday 27 March at 10am.