Musical tour de force concert tonight at QNCC

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Classical music enthusiasts can look forward to a musical tour de force in Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert tonight at Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) with a performance of Johannes Brahms’s First and Third Symphonies under the baton of Gianluigi Gelmetti, one of today’s most prestigious conductors.

Often referred to as one of the “Three Bs” of music alongside Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, Brahms was a German composer and virtuoso pianist who wrote wide ranging compositions and worked with some of the leading performers of his time.

Both a traditionalist impregnated of the past and an innovator oriented towards the future, Brahms was a frank advocate of pure music. Known for being a perfectionist, he took his time spending 14 years writing his First Symphony. His works are considered very academic, diligent and highly constructed in which created great impact on the next generation of composers.

“Brahms is, in my opinion, the apotheosis of science and inventiveness. No one like him possesses such an absolute ability to build perfect cathedrals of sounds (perhaps only Bach does) combined with prodigious inventiveness. Not a note is random, everything is part of a grand plan,” commented Gelmetti.


Tonight’s show opens with Brahm’s Third Symphony, the shortest of his four symphonies. This piece he composed when he was 50 years old depicts deep maturity and, as a whole, is characterized by an introspective and idyllic nature. The concert concludes with the First Symphony known for its overwhelming musical power and remembered for the extraordinary length of time it took Brahms to finish.

For tonight’s show, the Qatar Philharmonic will be led by Maestro Gelmetti considered one of the most prominent conductors of today. This seasoned Italian conductor and composer has led some of the most prestigious orchestras in the world in past decades and has received numerous accolades including being named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and Cavaliere di Gran Croce by Italy’s then President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, among others.

The next concert will be “Chopin First Piano Concerto” on November 15 at QNCC. With Wojciech Waleczek on piano, Qatar Philharmonic will be conducted by Andreas Weiser in their performance of pieces written by a pair of extraordinary composers of the Romantic Era, Frédéric Chopin and Antonín Dvořák.