Sat. 21 Aug. 2021 | 8:00 p.m. | Kiel | Schloss | K 135

Christoph Eschenbach

Christoph Eschenbach

Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano
Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

Schloss Burgstr., Kiel,

Clara Schumann:
Piano concerto No. 1 a minor, Op. 7
Johannes Brahms:
Symphony No. 4 e minor, Op. 98

It took until the 1960s for Clara Schumann, maiden name Wieck – known as a piano virtuoso and the wife of Robert Schumann – to be recognized as a composer as well. This year’s Leonard Bernstein Award winner, Isata Kanneh-Mason, dedicated her 2019 debut album to the composer’s piano works. It was only natural that she should make her first appearance at SHMF with the mission of spreading the music of the woman whose face adorned the former 00 Deutschmarks note. Accompanied by the Festival Orchestra under the baton of its principal conductor Christoph Eschenbach, the Briton will perform Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor. Johannes Brahms, whose 4th Symphony is heard in the second part of the concert, was a great admirer of Clara Schumann. When he presented his last symphony to her and other musician friends – long before the official first performance – they reacted with caution. The work was too uncompromising and radical for its time. Yet they were wrong: Brahms had already received rapturous applause at performances during his lifetime, and this is no less frenetic when the symphony is heard today.

Ticket price

59 / € 53 / € 43 / € 28