Romanticism’s Top 3

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Closing concert: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra with Schumann, Chopin and Brahms 

For its exuberant closing concert, the Ghent Festival has engaged the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Since it was founded exactly a century ago, this orchestra has worked its way up to a position as one of the most prominent in Europe, thanks partly to such conductors as Valery Gergiev and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. 

For this unique concert, the orchestra is delighted to host the leading 22-year-old pianist Jan Lisiecki, who signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon at the tender age of 15. Chopin’s gentle and refined Second Piano Concerto draws out the born poet in him. 

In its turn, Brahms’ Third Symphony is an intense masterpiece that would seem to have been written specially for the energetic Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor Antonello Manacorda knows how to get the very most out of a work: Schumann’s tempestuous Konzertstück for Four Horns makes this closing concert the ultimate feast that no music-lover with a lust for life should miss! 

In co-production with Bijloke Music Centre

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©Holger Hage, Deutsche Grammophon


Robert Schumann
Konzertstück for 4 horns and orchestra, Op. 86
I. Lebhaft
II. Romanze
III. Sehr Lebhaft

Frédéric Chopin
Concerto for piano and orchestra nr. 2, Op. 21
I. Maestoso
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro vivace 

Johannes Brahms
Symphony nr. 3 in F Major, Op. 90
I. Allegro con brio 
II. Andante 
III. Poco allegretto 
IV. Allegro


Jan Lisiecki, piano
Martin van de Merwe, horn
Wendy Leliveld, horn
Laurens Otto, horn
Richard Speetjens, horn
Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest
Antonello Manacorda, conductor