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San Francisco Classical Voice

Orchestra & Chamber Music
Rotterdam Philharmonic
Lahav Shani, conductor
Nelson Freire, piano

Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
Concerto for Orchestra
In a rare US appearance, Israeli Lahav Shani—chief conductor of the Netherlands’ grand Rotterdam Philharmonic and a protégé of Daniel Barenboim—leads this storied ensemble in two masterworks of the orchestral repertoire. The kaleidoscopic Concerto for Orchestra is Bartók's final and perhaps most beloved work; and revered Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire joins the orchestra in Beethoven's heroic Emperor Concerto. "Few pianists alive convey the sheer joy and exhilaration of being masters of their craft more vividly and uncomplicatedly than Nelson Freire" (The Guardian, London).


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Program Notes

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