Czech Philharmonic
Pablo Heras-Casado

Czech Philharmonic
Subscription series A
Duration of the programme 2 hod
Rudolfinum — Dvorak Hall


Czech Republic Praha 1

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Both are now among the most important and most performed European composers of the nineteenth century. They were almost the same age and lived at the same time in the same city, but their music and character were very different. One could hardly find a pair that would better fit this description than Anton Bruckner and Johannes Brahms.

There is little that we have anticipated as eagerly as the Rudolfinum debut of Pablo Heras-Casado. Just the list of orchestras with which Pablo Heras-Casado appears would be plenty to recommend attending his concert: the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and many more. Pablo Heras-Casado is a Spanish patriot and the chief guest conductor at the Teatro Real in Madrid, where he is performing Wagner’s complete cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. Maestro Casado records for the Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Sony, and Harmonia Mundi labels, and although he is just 41 years old, he has been decorated for his musical artistry by both the Spanish and the French governments. Like Pablo Heras-Casado, the Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi also returns to his homeland to share his artistry. In Ascona, near his native Locarno, he directs the festival Settimane Musicali, and he divides his time equally between activities as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. At the beginning of his career, he recorded the Dvořák and Schumann concertos with Jiří Bělohlávek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. At the Rudolfinum, he made his debut two years ago in Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto and with a solo recital, and the success of both appearances immediately led us to invite him back for the 2019/2020 season.