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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

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2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Concerto No.1

    Performer: Denis Kozhukhin. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Lyric Piece Op 12 no 1 (Arietta)

    Performer: Denis Kozhukhin.
  • Richard Strauss

    Ein Heldenleben

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Dies Natalis

    Singer: Mark Padmore. Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia. Conductor: Jacqueline Shave.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Souvenir d'une marche boche

    Performer: Víkingur Ólafsson.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.


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