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Strauss Waltzes & Mozart Piano Concerto

Strauss Waltzes & Mozart Piano Concerto

Friday, April 24 — Saturday, April 25 2020

Friday, April 24 — Saturday, April 25 2020
Orchestra Hall
2 hours

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Written in a fever of productivity at the height of the composer’s career, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 exudes the richness and majesty of Mozart at his best. Melodies from the dreamy second movement have been borrowed by the film Elvira Madigan, songwriter Neil Diamond, and more.

Conductor Fabien Gabel also leads Korngold’s Sinfonietta, which hints at the Hollywood movie scores the composer is well-known for, as well as J. Strauss’s Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltz), a hallmark of the genre the Strauss family helped spread across Europe.


Emperor Waltzes
Piano Concerto No. 21, "Elvira Madigan"


Fabien Gabel


Hailed as “boldly evocative,” Fabien Gabel is recognized internationally as one of the stars of a new generation of conductors, having established a broad repertoire ranging from core symphonic works to contemporary new works and championing lesser-known works by French composers. He has been the Music Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec since 2012 and Music Director of the innovative Orchestre Français des Jeunes since 2017.

His conducting has taken him across the globe to lead top orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Cleveland Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Seoul Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra D.C., Frankfurt Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Tonkünstler Orchester, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Warsaw Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmania Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestre National d'Île-de-France, and Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

Gabel has worked with the world’s most formidable soloists including Emanuel Ax, Seong-Jin Cho, Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Alina Pogostkina, Julian Steckel, Johannes Moser, Antonio Meneses, Marc-André Hamelin, Beatrice Rana, Gautier Capuçon, Simone Lamsma, Xavier de Maistre, and Bertrand Chamayou, and singers such as Anne Sophie Von Otter, Michael Schade, Petra Lang, Jennifer Larmore, Measha Brueggergosman, Danielle de Niese, Natalie Dessay, and Marie-Nicole Lemieux.

Gabel first attracted international attention in 2004 winning the Donatella Flick competition in London, which subsequently led to his appointment as the LSO’s assistant conductor for two seasons. Since then, the LSO has engaged him regularly as a guest conductor.

Alexandra Dariescu


Romanian born British pianist and creator of "The Nutcracker and I," Alexandra Dariescu dazzles audiences and critics worldwide with her effortless musicality and captivating stage presence. Her vision and innovative approach to programming makes her stand out as a creative entrepreneur who likes to think differently.

In addition to the core repertoire, Dariescu continues to champion new or less known works. Having performed Nadia Boulanger's Fantaisie variée with the BBC Symphony Orchestra/James Gaffigan, Germaine Tailleferre's Ballade for piano and orchestra with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Jessica Cottis as well as Ginastera's Concierto Argentino with the Stavanger Symphony and Royal Scottish National Orchestras/John Storgårds. Aiming for gender equality in her recital programs, Dariescu champions works by Clara Schumann, Lili Boulanger and critically acclaimed American composer Missy Mazzoli next to pieces by Tchaikovsky and Chopin.

Nominated for an OPUS Klassik 2019, The Nutcracker and I, by Alexandra Dariescu is a ground-breaking multimedia performance for piano solo with dance and digital animation. It was premiered at Barbican's Milton Court in December 2017, and has since then enjoyed international acclaim on tour across Europe, Australia, China, the Emirates and the US with more than 75 performances in venues such as the Wiener Konzerthaus, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Auditorium de Lyon, Verbier Festival, Konserthuset Gothenburg, King's Place London, Melbourne Recital Hall, Sydney City Recital Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Dubai Opera House and Las Vegas Summerlin Library. In the 20/21 season Dariescu looks forward to bringing the Nutcracker to Rome, marking the projects' Italian debut, to Konzerthaus Berlin for a weeklong residency as well as the Zaubersee Festival Lucerne. Also celebrated is Dariescu's audio book of the same name on the Signum label, with the story written by Jessica Duchen and narrated by celebrated children TV presenter and BAFTA winner Lindsey Russell.

Dariescu's latest release of her Decca recording with Angela Gheorghiu in November 2019 adds to her 8-album discography, including her Trilogy of Preludes on Champs Hill Records with complete preludes by Boulanger/Messiaen/Faure, Chopin/Dutilleux and Shostakovich/Szymanowski. Also in Dariescu's discography are recordings of Tchaikovsky's piano concerto No. 1 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Darrell Ang (Signum Records) and "Mesmerism" (NMC Records), which is a concerto written especially for Dariescu by award-winning British composer Emily Howard.

Alexandra has been mentored by Sir András Schiff and Imogen Cooper. After graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music with the Gold Medal, where she studied with Nelson Goerner, Alexander Melnikov, Mark Ray and Dina Parakhina, Alexandra pursued her Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Ronan O'Hora. A former artist of the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT), Alexandra was a Laureate at the Verbier Festival Academy and received the UK's Women of the Future Award in the Arts and Culture category. In 2017 Alexandra was appointed patron of Music in Lyddington, Cultural Ambassador of Romania and Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Northern College of Music. In spring 2018, Alexandra received the "Officer of the Romanian Crown" from the Royal Family and was selected as a Young European Leader by Friends of Europe. 


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Dariescu played octave passages faster, crisper and clearer than it is possible to imagine, her hands moving in a blur as they spun above and around the keyboard ... ”

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Alexandra Dariescu “The Nutcracker and I”
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