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Marcelo Lehninger conducts Beethoven and Tchaikovsky featuring pianist Javier Perianes

Marcelo Lehninger conducts Beethoven and Tchaikovsky featuring pianist Javier Perianes

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Former BSO assistant conductor Marcelo Lehninger, who last led the BSO in 2014, is joined by distinguished pianist Javier Perianes for Beethoven’s heaven-storming Piano Concerto No. 5. Completed in 1811, it was the composer’s final concerto, a work perfectly balancing virtuosity with substance and depth and epitomizing the composer’s “heroic” period. (Perianes last performed with the BSO in March 2016.) Beethoven’s bright, five-minute overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, composed in 1801, was part of his complete ballet score, the first music he ever wrote for the theater. Closing the program is Tchaikovsky’s 1888 Symphony No. 5, a work as intensely lyrical as it is powerful, which uses a recurring “fate theme” to unify all four movements.

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Marcelo Lehninger, conductor Marcelo Lehninger, conductor Javier Perianes, piano
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Awarded the 'National Music Prize' in 2012 by the Ministry of Culture of Spain, Javier Perianes has been described as "a pianist of impeccable and refined tastes, blessed with a warmth of touch." (The Telegraph)  His international career already spans five continents - with concerts ranging from London's Royal Festival Hall to New York's Carnegie Hall; Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Élysées to Berlin's Philharmonie; Moscow Conservatory's Great Hall to Suntory Hall Tokyo.

Highlights of Perianes' 2015/16 calendar include concerts with Wiener Philhamoniker, Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, hr-Sinfonieorchester, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonkünstler-Orchester, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and Orchestra of St. Luke's (Carnegie Hall), as well as a month-long-tour of orchestras in Australia and New Zealand.

During 2014/15 Perianes made prestigious debuts with the Orchestre de Paris, Washington National and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras and BBC Scottish Symphony. Meanwhile conductor collaborations past and future include Daniel Barenboim, Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Daniel Harding, Yuri Temirkanov, Juanjo Mena, Pablo Heras-Casado, Josep Pons, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Robin Ticciati, Thomas Dausgaard and Vasily Petrenko.

Javier Perianes records exclusively for harmonia mundi: his catalogue includes Schubert's Impromptus and Klavierstücke, Manuel Blasco de Nebra's keyboard sonatas, Mompou's Música callada, …les sons et les parfums which focuses on works by Chopin and Debussy, and Moto perpetuo - a selection of Beethoven's sonatas. Perianes' recording of Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain and selected solo works received a Latin Grammy Nomination and his November 2014 recording of Mendelssohn's Songs without Words has received unanimous critical praise. Perianes has most recently released a live recording of Grieg's Piano Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo: "It takes a brave man to record the Grieg Piano Concerto… But the young Spanish virtuoso Javier Perianes' performance is of such a fearless and arresting brilliance that it virtually erases memories of the past." (Gramophone)

Javier Perianes, piano
Program Notes Audio
BEETHOVEN - Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus (5 min)
BEETHOVEN - Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor (42 min)
TCHAIKOVSKY - Symphony No. 5 (47 min)
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