Pre-concert: 6.15 p.m. Adrian Oetiker, piano Johannes Schlaefli, conductor Young Symphony Orchestra of the Music Academy Basel conducted by Matthias Kuhn Dmitry Shostakovich From "Gadfly" Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2, op. 18 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, op. 64 There is something particularly magical about the "white nights" when the sun hardly sets or does not set at all in the northern countries, and what better music to describe this scenery than the rapturous and highly romantic works of Rachmaninov or Tchaikovsky? The famous piano concerto by Rachmaninov is heralded by mighty bells - the bass notes of the piano sound heavy and large! -The Swiss pianist and HSM professor Adrian Oetiker captivates on the piano with the greatest virtuosity. Tchaikovsky's monumental 5th Symphony is also a child of St. Petersburg's late Romanticism and captivates with its sweeping melodies. The evening will begin with the entertaining orchestral suite "Gadfly" by Shostakovich, composed in 1955 for the Soviet drama film of the same name - a breathtakingly romantic and varied evening awaits you!
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