A Heroic Journey
Conducted by Vasily Petrenko, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs Strauss's epic tone poem Ein Heldenleben and Brahms's Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor, with soloist Denis Kozhukhin.
Recorded in the Royal Festival Hall at London's Southbank Centre
Presented by Martin Handley
This concert marks the first London appearance of Vasily Petrenko with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra since the orchestra’s announcement to appoint him as Music Director (2021–2022). Piano virtuoso Denis Kozhukhin is soloist in Brahms’ dramatic Piano Concerto No 1, a piece which encompasses music of brooding power and romantic tenderness, and the composer's first orchestral work to win favour with audiences.
Renowned for his epic tone poems, Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben is one of his signature masterpieces, containing numerous references to his earlier works, including Also sprach Zarathustra, Till Eulenspiegel, and Death and Transfiguration. Written in response to Beethoven's 'heroic' Third Symphony 'Eroica', this musical marathon vividly depicts the story of a hero grappling with life’s adversities, before culminating in a thrilling finale.
Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1
R Strauss: Ein Heldenleben
Denis Kozhukhin (piano)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko (conductor)
Photo of Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty