Ralph Vaughan Williams: Overture to the Comedy "The Wasps
Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor op. 16
Sergei Prokofiev: Excerpts from the Suite "Romeo and Juliet" op. 64
Grieg without pathos
It's not hard to admit: A Pro Arte season without Jan Lisiecki is hardly imaginable. The Canadian is our regular guest - and shows a different side every time. This season, he brings Edvard Grieg's sonorous A minor Piano Concerto to the Alte Oper. Grieg was 25 years old when he composed his stroke of genius - Lisiecki is only a little older when he interprets the concerto with us. And the work sparkles with youthful temperament, which Lisiecki knows how to tickle out with virtuosity. However, in keeping with his likeable nature, he does not rely on showmanship for all the romantic pathos, but rather on transparency. In the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and in Vasily Petrenko he finds the ideal partners. The two works by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Sergei Prokofiev masterfully complement the magnificent Grieg concerto.