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James Gaffigan conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Friday 4th of November 2022

Monday, 7 November 2022 , ora 9.55

The audience in Munich will be able to listen to two masterpieces under the wand of James Gaffigan, and also you, dear listeners, will also enjoy the outstanding performance of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, because Radio România Muzical will take over live on Friday, November 4th, at 9 pm when the concert will take place at the Isarphilharmonie. With very good acoustics, with a pleasant and intimate atmosphere, this concert hall of the Gasteig Cultural Center, located near the river Isar, although it was opened recently, in 2021, has already become an integral part of the musical landscape of the city of Munich.

James Gaffigan will conduct Concert no. 3 op. 30 in D minor for piano and orchestra by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Symphonic Poem op. 30 "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss.

Composed in 1909, Rachmaninov's third piano concert is a large-scale work, the longest of Rachmaninov's four concerts , and a great challenge in terms of piano technique. The virtuosity that the soloist displays is, however, permeated by gentle nuances. You will be able to watch as a soloist Seong-Jin Cho, a Korean pianist, born in 1994 in Seoul, about whom the publication "San Francisco Chronicle" tells us that "displays an impressive variety of timbral colors and a remarkable technique". Seong-Jin Cho asserted himself in 2015, when he won the First Prize at the "Chopin" International Competition in Warsaw.

After a break of about 20 minutes, we will enjoy the symphonic poem "Thus spoke Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss, with its wonderful "Sunrise" from the beginning, which takes our breath away and became the soundtrack in 1968 of Stanley Kubrick's "2001. "A Space Odyssey" by Stanley Kubrick.

It will be a special program, in the conception of a conductor with a remarkable artistic activity built up till the age of 43, James Gaffigan. In 2004 he won the First Prize at the "Sir Georg Solti" International Conducting Competition in Germany. He was recently nominated Music Director of the Opera Comique in Berlin, starting with the 2023-2024 Season, with a four-year contract.

You will watch him at the lectern of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra now, in a live broadcast from the Isarphilharmonie in Munich.

Laura Ana Mânzat
Translated by Denisa-Elena Cincă,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu