CANCELLED: Evening Recital N° 2

Mihhail Gerts Conductor
Lukas Stepp Violin

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

  • »The Hebrides«, Concert Overture, Opus 26

Karl Amadeus Hartmann

  • Concerto funebre for Violin and String Orchestra

Johannes Brahms

  • Serenade No 1 in D major, Opus 11

Symphonic Reflections

In the summer of 1857 Johannes Brahms took up a post in the principality of Detmold as court piano teacher and choir director. Following his close study of Haydn and Mozart, he wrote two orchestral serenades during his time there. According to the music critic Max Kalbeck, the character of the first »vacillates back and forth between the genres from which the composer drew inspiration, namely the symphony and the cassation.« Originally, Brahms wanted to write »a cassation, i.e. music of a lighter genre, an octet for a small, simply scored orchestra.« In the end, however, he decided on a much more complex instrumentation. The premiere of this final version took place in Hanover on 3 March 1860 with the violinist and conductor Joseph Joachim on the rostrum.

  • 05.01.2022
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Mihhail Gerts

Hailed by critics for his »astonishing precision, highly expressive gestures and warmth« as »a name to remember«, the Estonian conductor Mihhail Gerts has made a name for himself following recent successful debuts with the Orchestre Nazionale delĺ Accademia di Santa Cecilia, BBC Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with the acclaimed baritone Matthias Goerne as soloist. Gerts has established a regular collaboration with orchestras such as RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, National Philharmonic of Russia and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Highlights from the last seasons include a successful debut with Opera Saint-Etienne in Benjamin Godard’s Dante, as well as debuts with NHK Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra etc. In addition to his symphonic concert career, Gerts has also gained extensive operatic experience as First Kapellmeister and deputy GMD of the Hagen Theater (2015 to 2017) and resident conductor of the Estonian National Opera (2007 to 2014).

During these years, he conducted over forty different productions of opera and ballet, most recently a new production of The Flying Dutchman. As a guest conductor, he has appeared at the Teatro la Fenice, Teatro delle Muse, Mikhailovsky Theater St. Petersburg, Belarus National Opera, and many others. Gerts studied conducting at the Estonian Academy of Music and the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin. In 2011 he received his PhD. From 2013 to 2017 he was a Stipendiate of the Dirigentenforum Programme of the German Music Council, and in 2014 was a finalist in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Donatella Flick Competition and Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition.

Lukas Stepp