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Moritz Gnann conducts Wagner, Mozart and Schumann

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Acclaimed English pianist Paul Lewis, who has given several memorable performances with the BSO in recent seasons, joins the orchestra for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat, K.595, the composer's final work in the genre. BSO Assistant Conductor Moritz Gnann, who conducts the performance, also leads the orchestra in Wagner's Siegfried Idyll and Schumann's Symphony No. 3, Rhenish. The symphony's subtitle refers to the mighty Rhine, the river that has inspired so many great works throughout music history, and the piece contains some of Schumann's most colorful and exuberant music, as well as some of his most accomplished writing for full orchestra.

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Moritz Gnann, conductor
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After three years as Kapellmeister and assistant to Music Director Donald Runnicles at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Moritz Gnann became the new assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in fall 2015. He made his successful Tanglewood debut with the BSO conducting Mahler's First Symphony. His November 2016 concerts mark his subscription series debut. In addition to his activities in Boston, Mr. Gnann continues to appear as a guest conductor with Deutsche Oper Berlin. He opened the 2015-16 season there with Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette and in the current season conducts revivals of L'elisir d'amore and Billy Budd. Following his successful debut in the 2015-16 season with the Staatskapelle Dresden, he has been reinvited to the Semperoper to lead The Magic Flute and Hansel and Gretel in 2016-17. Moritz Gnann's professional conducting career started in 2007, when he joined the Theater Aachen as a répétiteur and conductor. From 2009 to 2011 he was musical assistant to Julia Jones at the Teatro Nacional de Saõ Carlos in Lisbon, where he conducted such operas as Le nozze di Figaro, Gianni Schicchi, and Trouble in Tahiti, as well as concert programs. At Deutsche Oper Berlin, he conducted The Magic Flute, Così fan tutte, Hansel and Gretel, Madama Butterfly, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto, Billy Budd, and a critically acclaimed new production of Xenakis' Oresteia, for which he was nominated as "conductor of the year" by Opernwelt magazine. Mahlermania, a production that combines the biography of Gustav Mahler with his music, was recorded for the European TV channel Arte and was toured under the musical direction of Moritz Gnann to the Opéra de Rouen and to South Korea's Uijeongbu Music Theatre Festival. Born in Tübingen, Germany, Moritz Gnann studied conducting at the Berlin University of the Arts and Dresden School of Music, graduating with distinction. He gained further experience through active participation in master classes with Gianluigi Gelmetti, Sylvain Cambreling, Hartmut Haenchen, Bernard Haitink, and Diego Masson. He assisted Sir Simon Rattle on Wagner's Ring cycle at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Christian Thielemann on Der Rosenkavalier at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. He has regularly assisted Andris Nelsons on Lohengrin and Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival since 2010.

Moritz Gnann, conductor Paul Lewis, piano
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There are many prized recordings of the Beethoven sonatas from past masters and current artists. But if I had to recommend a single complete set, I would suggest Mr. Lewis's distinguished recordings." Anthony Tommasini, New York Times

"One of the most highly prized recording marathons of recent years....  An unmissable benchmark."  Gramophon


Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world's foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire. His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society's Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison awards, three Gramophone awards, the Diapason D'or de l'Annee, the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and the South Bank Show Classical Music award. He holds honorary degrees from Liverpool, Edge Hill, and Southampton Universities, and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours.

He appears regularly as soloist with the world's great orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, NHK Symphony, New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, and the Royal Concertgebouw, Cleveland, Tonhalle Zurich, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Philharmonia, and Mahler Chamber Orchestras.



Plans for the 2016/17 season include Beethoven concerto cycles with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra, appearances with the Orchestre de Paris and Daniel Harding, the Philharmonia with Andris Nelsons, the Chicago Symphony with Manfred Honeck, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Bernard Haitink. The 2017/18 season sees the start of a two year recital series exploring connections between the sonatas of Haydn, the late piano works of Brahms, and Beethoven's bagatelles and Diabelli Variations. 
 


Paul Lewis's recital career takes him to venues such as London's Royal Festival Hall, Alice Tully and Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus. He is also a frequent guest at some of the world's most prestigious festivals, including Tanglewood, Ravinia, Schubertiade, Edinburgh, Salzburg, Lucerne, and the BBC Proms where in 2010 he became the first person to play a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle in a single season. 
 


His multi-award winning discography for Harmonia Mundi includes the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, concertos, and the Diabelli Variations, Liszt's B minor sonata and other late works, all of Schubert's major piano works from the last six years of his life including the 3 song cycles with tenor Mark Padmore, solo works by Schumann and Mussorgsky, and the Brahms D minor piano concerto with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding. Future recording plans include a multi-CD series of Haydn sonatas, Beethoven's bagatelles, and works by Bach. 
 


Paul Lewis studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel. He is co-Artistic Director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in Buckinghamshire, UK, and the Leeds International Piano Competition.

Paul Lewis, piano
Program Notes Audio
WAGNER - Siegfried Idyll (18 min)
MOZART - Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat, K.595 (32 min)
SCHUMANN - Symphony No. 3, Rhenish (33 min)
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