Maestro Alan Buribayev Will Present the Premiere of G. Mahler’s Symphony No.5

Principal Conductor of the Astana Opera, Honored Worker of Kazakhstan, eminent maestro Alan Buribayev continues a series of brilliant symphonic premieres. “Brahms and Mahler. Symphony Concert” will be held at the opera house’s Main Hall on April 26. In this concert, one of the most sought-after pianists of our time, Freddy Kempf (United Kingdom) will perform at the Astana Opera for the first time.

The Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the famous Kazakhstani conductor Alan Buribayev will present the premiere performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.5 in C-sharp minor. One of the most performed works of the outstanding Austrian composer was written at the turn of two periods, symbolizing the transition to a new stage in G. Mahler’s creative work. In the fifth symphony, the author seeks a solution to the question of the meaning and significance of human life. One version of the answer to this question was already voiced in the second symphony, the premiere of which was presented by maestro A. Buribayev in the capital’s opera house in March last year. In this case, G. Mahler finds an alternative explanation. However, the work has new features, fresh colors, other ways and principles of the development of musical thought.

Together with the renowned virtuoso pianist from Great Britain Freddy Kempf, musicians will present to the listeners for the first time Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, op.15. The work has a truly symphonic caliber. The passionate first part of J. Brahms’ masterpiece is replaced by a lyrical adagio; the composer himself claimed that the second part of the concert is a portrait of his muse Clara Schumann.

Freddy Kempf noted that he is looking forward to the upcoming performance at the Astana Opera.

“I have known Alan Buribayev for a very long time now. We have become very close friends. I am always grateful for our every collaboration – we just seem to get on very well as humans – which means in the musical sense too. It has always felt very easy and natural with him – and we both like to take risks too – which is fun onstage,” Freddy Kempf said.

Freddy Kempf is an honorary Doctor of Music of the University of Kent, winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, the Classical BRIT Awards as the Young British Classical Performer. The artist began studying the piano at the age of four, and made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of eight. The pianist’s recitals are sold out at world’s most prestigious venues. Among them are the Milan Conservatory, Sala Verdi, Buckingham Palace, Royal Festival Hall in London, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Warsaw Philharmonic, Sydney’s City Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, etc.

The concert will begin at 19:00.

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