Beethoven cast a huge shadow over those who came after him, which is why Brahms produced his first symphony in middle age — he claimed he could hear the "giant marching behind him." After sidestepping the conventions of Beethoven, Brahms ends with a Ninth-like finale that cannot fail to thrill! Chopin’s piano concerto, brilliant, virtuosic and exquisitely delicate, was praised by Schumann for bringing "the spirit of Beethoven into the concert hall." Soloist Claire Huangci’s exceptional talents will breathe life into Chopin’s herculean concerto. The program begins with John Corigliano's Elegy.
John Corigliano — Elegy (1965)
Frederic Chopin — Piano Concerto No. 1
Johannes Brahms — Symphony No. 1
"In addition to the surpassing brilliance with which Claire Huangci crafts her music, one is always keenly aware of the underlying earnestness." — Radio Bremen
Over the years, the young American pianist of Chinese descent has succeeded in establishing herself as a widely acclaimed artist, leaving behind her role of the acclaimed child prodigy who played a private concert for President Bill Clinton at the age of ten. Claire Huangci captivates audiences with her radiant virtuosity, artistic sensitivity, keen interactive sense and subtle auditory dramaturgy. In short, she combines technical skill with strong musical expressive power.
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