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Edward Grieg (1843–1907) Holberg Suite op. 40
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847) Piano concerto Nr. 1 in g minor op.25
Robert Schumann (1819–1896) Symphony Nr. 3 in E flat Major op. 97
Martin Helmchen piano
Kazuki Yamada conductor
Mendelssohn proved to the great Goethe that he was an excellent pianist on a visit to Weimar when he was 12. His first piano concerto, composed in 1831, brilliant, virtuosic and effective, bears witness to this and became one of the most popular piano concertos of the 19th century. Schumann and Mendelssohn met in Leipzig, and Mendelssohn conducted the first performances of Schumann's first two symphonies in the Leipzig in Gewandhaus. Grieg never met Mendelssohn or Schumann, but he studied at the Conservatoire in Leipzig in the late 1850s and was influenced by their music before developing his own style.