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St. Paul: Biss continues Beethoven-inspired premieres

September 22, 2017

Jonathan Biss has his work cut out for him in the Sept. 22-23 program with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, when he will play two piano concertos – one a world premiere and the other a beloved classic. In a concert that starts with Schoenberg’s Second Chamber Symphony, Biss will premiere a co-commissioned concerto, Il Sogno di Stradella by Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino, as well as Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Matthias Pintscher will conduct. The program marks the latest installment of Biss’ project called Beethoven/5, for which the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is co-commissioning five composers to write new piano concertos, each inspired by one of Beethoven’s. Biss has already premiered Timo Andres’ The Blind Banister, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music, and Sally Beamish’s City Stanzas. In the final two years of the project he will premiere concertos by Caroline Shaw and Brett Dean. — CVNA Editors

Classical Voice North America