Jakub Hrůša, conductor, and Hélène Grimaud, piano
June 15, 2021
Richard Wagner: Lohengrin Prelude I
Johannes Brahms: Symphony no. 3 in F Major, op. 90
Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto (with Hélène Grimaud)
Wagner: Tannhäuser Overture
With a musical lineage stretching back to the 18th and 19th centuries — to Mahler and Mozart — Germany’s Bamberg Symphony is a favorite around the world, performing over 7,000 concerts in more than 60 countries and over 500 cities. Its Moss debut features works by Brahms, Schumann, and Richard Wagner, one of the most revolutionary, emotional — and, polarizing — figures in the history of music.
The program is inspired by New Yorker music critic and Pulitzer Prize finalist Alex Ross’ recent book, Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music, which explores Wagner’s complicated, many-sided legacy and his colossal influence on music, art, and culture. Maestro Jakub Hrůša — renowned for his partnership with Bamberg Symphony as well as for his guest-conducting with orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony — leads a beautiful program that weaves Wagner’s Lohengrin Prelude I and Tannhäuser Overture.
In addition to Wagner, the program features work from his German contemporaries, Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann. Virtuoso pianist Hélène Grimaud, praised by the Washington Post for the “rapturous” and “astonishing show of her proficiency and poetic sensibilities,” joins the orchestra for Schumann’s dazzling Piano Concerto.
About Bamberg Symphony
The Bamberg Symphony is the only orchestra of world renown that is not based in a vibrant metropolis. The "magnetic effect" of the orchestra goes above all outward: the traveling orchestra has been carrying its characteristically dark, somber, and warm sound and the musical echo of its hometown into the world since 1946. The circumstances of its founding make the Bamberg Symphony a mirror of German history: in 1946, ex-members of Prague’s German Philharmonic Orchestra met fellow musicians in Bamberg who had also had to flee their homes as a result of the war and its aftermath.
About Jakub Hrůša
Jakub Hrůša is chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony and principal guest conductor of both the Czech Philharmonic and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Beginning in the fall of 2025 Hrůša will take up the post of music director at the Royal Opera House in London. He appears frequently as a guest with the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Berlin, Vienna, Munich and New York Philharmonics; the Bavarian Radio, NHK, Chicago, and Boston symphonies; the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Lucerne Festival, Royal Concertgebouw, Mahler Chamber, and the Cleveland orchestras; the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Dresden Staatskapelle; Orchestre de Paris; and Tonhalle Orchester Zürich.
About Hélène Grimaud
Renaissance woman Hélène Grimaud is a deeply passionate and committed musical artist whose pianistic accomplishments play a central role in her life. Grimaud’s recordings have been critically acclaimed and awarded numerous accolades, among them the Cannes Classical Recording of the Year, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Diapason d’or, Grand Prix du Disque, Record Academy Prize (Tokyo), Midem Classic Award, and the Echo Klassik Award. For her latest album, she has explored Silvestrov’s vocal music. On Silent Songs, Grimaud and baritone Konstantin Krimmel perform a selection of pieces from Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov’s monumental song cycle of the same name.
Recent and forthcoming highlights of Grimaud’s schedule include a recital at Carnegie Hall, at which she played works by Chopin, Debussy, Satie, Schumann, and Silvestrov (December 2022); performances of the Schumann Piano Concerto with Camerata Salzburg in Ludwigshafen, Salzburg, and Turin (February 2023); and an extensive European recital tour, starting with dates in Vienna, Luxembourg, and cities across Switzerland and Germany (March-May 2023).
This performance is supported in part by Minnis and Louise Ridenour and David and Judie Reemsnyder.
This is the first performance at the Moss Arts Center by Bamberg Symphony, Jakub Hrůša, and Hélène Grimaud.