The 2013 Klassik Open Air in Nuremberg last weekend broke all previous records with an attendance in excess of 70,000 people. Conducting and presenting the concert for the fifth consecutive year, Alexander took the audience through the programme titled “Ein Klavier, Ein Klavier!” – in reference to the famous Loriot sketch – which was dedicated to the influence of the piano on music over the last two centuries. He was joined by regular collaborator and friend Kirill Gerstein who received a rapturous response for his interpretations of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. The concert, which lasted deep into the night, also included Brahms’s Hungarian Dances, Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 as well as music from Louis Gottschalk’s Symphony No.1 and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. The audience was treated to a surprise as singer John Davis joined Shelley, Gerstein and the Nuremberg Symphony for the encore section, singing new arrangements of classics “What a Wonderful World” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.
The Klassik Open Air is Europe’s largest annual classical concert and marks the end of the Nuremberg Symphony’s season. The concert next year will take place on August 9th 2014. Entry is free.
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